New Year’s Eve is probably the most lucrative night of the year for music acts in local bars and nightclubs, but a quick look at key markets on Pollstar.com indicates only a handful of major country artists will be onstage Wednesday night (Dec. 31). Rest assured, though, there’s still plenty to celebrate in person and on TV.
Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw will be performing a free concert in downtown Nashville during an event being billed as “Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City.” That’s the way the fans will see it at the outdoor concert, but the rest of the world will experience portions on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015 airing on ABC.
Nashville’s Chip Esten will be hosting the segments during the annual telecast that will also feature Florida Georgia Line and Taylor Swift performing in New York’s Times Square and Brantley Gilbert in Los Angeles.
Urban will be performing in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, during an event that includes an appearance by Nick Jonas.
Aside from Lady Antebellum’s concert, smaller events are taking place in Nashville, including Old Crow Medicine Show’s appearance with the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Ryman Auditorium and Marty Stuart’s set at the City Winery.
You can always count on the great state of Texas to come through on New Year’s Eve, too. Part of the modern-day tradition in Austin is Willie Nelson’s annual concert at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater airing on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Hayes Carll and the Band of Heathens will perform at Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall in San Antonio while Cody Canada & the Departed will be at the River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels and the Josh Abbott Band at House of Blues in Houston.
If you’re planning to partake of alcoholic beverages, think seriously about getting a taxi or a designated driver if you find yourself doubting your ability to get home. And if you’re not planning to partake of alcoholic beverages, think about being a chauffeur to any of your friends who proclaim themselves to be a designated drinker.