For music fans looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Orlando with live music, there are a variety of great choices. The events featuring live music cover a wide range of genres from Americana, pop, rock, reggae, ska, singer/songwriter, soul, alternative, swamp roots, hard rock, funk, blues, metal, punk, acoustic, big band and more.
For music fans on a budget, there are quite a few events that feature free admission.
New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31
Beth McKee and her band will be at Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 Winter Park Road, Orlando. Also appearing are Buster Cousins and Renee is a Zombie. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. There are a limited amount of advance tickets for $22.
The Supervillains, The Adolescent Theory, SummerLong, Bothering Dennis and Original Me are at West End Trading Company in Sanford. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door with an added $3 surcharge for fans under 21.
Maniacal Mojo presents: New Years Eve Bash at The Haven featuring live music by Auditory Armory, Voodoo Hodown, Kept Quiet, Quantum X, Blind Lion and Dylan Sanchez (acoustic). There is a $10 cover charge for this 18+ event. Food and a midnight champagne toast are included in admission. The doors open at 7 p.m. for this non smoking event. The Haven is located at 6700 Aloma Ave.
Tears of a Tyrant, Sweet Cambodia and Milka (acoustic) are at Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave. This free show starts at 9:30 p.m.
The Drew Yardis Band will be at St. Matthew’s Tavern, 1300 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. There is no cover charge for this 21+ event. The doors open at 9 p.m.
Vita Nova Clothing and New Life Booking present A New Year’s Acoustic Party at The Vita Nova House, 270 Sunshower Court (Casselberry). There will be live acoustic music by Tarek Kasmi, Hoodrats, Everlost, Like Lifting Wales, Joshua Roberts, Joshy Sims, Griffen Sallmen, Five Foot Atlas, Jesse King, Joel Tyler, Chasing Charmanders and Check 1,2. They will have a keg for this event and cups will be $5. This event starts at 7 p.m.
The New Year’s Eve party at The Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Ave. (Maitland), features live music by Blonk, Folkalachian Soul and Hazardous Folk. The party starts at 8 p.m.
Will’s Pub’s New Year’s Eve party features live music by Ben Prestage for this 21+ show. Free champagne toast at midnight. The doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10. Will’s Pub is located at 1042 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando.
Dexter’s Winter Park (558 W. New England Ave.) is having A 1966 New Year’s Eve Party featuring live music by The Down Beat Band. This free show kicks off at 9 p.m.
Fiona Trapple, B8TA, Andre and guests are the featured performers at The Social’s New Year’s Eve celebration. The doors open at 10 p.m. for this free 21+ event. The Social is located in downtown Orlando at 54 North Orange Ave.
Leisure Chief is the featured music for Tanqueray’s New Year’s Eve party, 100 S. Orange Ave. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. for this free 21+ show.
The Shisha Bowl’s New Year’s Eve celebration features live music by Kash’d Out. This free show starts at 10:30 p.m. and The Shisha Bowl is located in downtown Orlando at 111 E. Washington St., Suite 175.
The Orlando Big Band will be playing at Winter Park Towers, 1111 S. Lakemont Ave. (Winter Park). Their New Year’s Eve show starts at 9 p.m.