With the holidays fast approaching, many are still frantically searching for that perfect gift or struggling to make plans with old friends. Unfortunately, the holidays are inherently hectic and become confounding with a sled-full of responsibilities on your shoulders. This year, however, I have decided to play Santa and will provide the joyous public with the definite list of events and spectaculars to hit up this holiday season. But I didn’t let the fun stop there; I have also included a variety of events to sparkle up your New Year’s festivities. I have located only the best events in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey for everyone, considering the majority of the student populace is centralized in the Northeast. Luckily, your best Christmas gift has come early, and it is below.

 

Massachusetts:

Dec. 19 – Calling All Crows 8th Annual Benefit Weekend featuring Chadwick Stokes & Friends – Paradise Rock Club, Boston

Dec. 31 – The Ball Drop featuring Dopapod, Turkuaz and Kung Fu – Palladium, Worcester

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve! with The Felice Brothers – Brighton Music Hall, Brighton

Jan. 2 – The Roots – House of Blues Boston, Boston

Jan. 15 – Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. Solo – Lynn Auditorium, Lynn

Jan. 16 – Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Sinclair, Cambridge

 

Connecticut:

Dec. 19 – Andy Milonakis – The Space, Hamden

Dec. 27 – Sammy Adams – Toad’s Place, New Haven

Dec. 31 – Imagine Dragons – Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket

Jan. 1 – Aretha Franklin – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville

Jan. 8 – Moon Hooch – The Acoustic, Bridgeport

Jan. 8 – Tim Reynolds (of Dave Matthews Band) – StageOne, Fairfield

Jan. 17 – Extreme Pint Brewfest featuring Lettuce – Infinity Hall, Hartford

 

New York:

Dec. 8 to 18 – Mariah Carey – Beacon Theatre, NYC

Dec. 16 – Jerry Lee Lewis – B.B. King Blues Club, NYC

Dec. 22 – Joey Bada$$ – Playstation Theatre, NYC

Dec. 25 – An Intimate Evening with Matisyahu & Friends – City Winery, NYC

Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 – Phish – Madison Square Garden, NYC

Dec. 30 to 31 – Deer Tick New Year’s Run – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn (See Rhode Island)

Dec. 31 – Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band – Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn

Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 – An Evening with They Might Be Giants – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 – Macy Gray – Iridium, NYC

Jan. 1 to 2 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

 

Rhode Island:

Dec. 16 – Elvis Perkins – The Columbus Theatre, Providence

Dec. 19 – Haunt the House – Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly

Dec. 23 – 2nd Annual Holiday Show featuring The Trophy Wives – Fete Ballroom, Providence

Jan. 2 – Deer Tick New Year’s Run – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence (See New York)

 

New Jersey:

Dec. 23 – Hope Concert 8 featuring Bon Jovi – Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank

Jan. 2 – Rusted Root with the Devon Allman Band – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

Jan. 16 – Blue Oyster Cult – Wellmont Theater, Montclair

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