New Year’s Eve festivities have been whittled down to kindling for the most part. Still, hardcore partiers won’t be detered, COVID be damned. For those who aren’t vaccinated or don’t dig crowds, well, it might be wise to stay home and watch old movies on the couch.
Here are a few shows that are actually happening and where you can happen, too. Better call ahead to check on your selection’s protocols. Mask it or casket.
- Photo City Music — Juicebox (EDM, Queer Dance Party) $20
- Three Heads Music Hall — A Girl Named Genny w/Left Handed 2nd Baseman; doors, 8 p.m. $20
- Radio Social — So Long Starman: A Very Bowie New Year’s Eve: Rock out with your socks on to some extraordinary live music from Overhand Sam and band featuring the evening’s special guest, legendary Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell (who also has played with Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, B-52s, Rufus Wainwright, and Cyndi Lauper). Campbell will perform with the band and be available for meet and greet as he gives a glimpse of working with the legend and starman himself, David Bowie. 7 p.m—1 a.m. $25
- Iron Smoke Distillery — 1916 W/ Rockhouse Riot: Celtic punk and Rockabilly; doors, 7 p.m., $25
- Bug Jar — Leaking Head, Last Gel, Exhibition, Smash ’n’ Grab, Only Shalow, Pick Number Three My Lord!: (ALT Rock); doors, 7 p.m., $21
Frank De Blase is Rochester Beacon music writer.