For the Dead Head: Furthur at Bill Graham
No better way to welcome in the new year than with a blast from the past. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh are at it again for a three-night funky jam-sesh extravaganza, culminating on New Year’s Eve.
For the Soul Searcher: Erykah Badu at the Fox
Since she first opened for D’Angelo in 1994, Badu has been a R&B staple. Come for the smooth bass-driven beats and Badu’s angelic vocals. The Coup will also be there, so politically charged rhymes will be a plenty.
For the Hillbilly-at-Heart: Hot Buttered Rum at Brick and Mortar
The Bay Area-based bluegrass jam band’s fast-paced fiddle will get your foot stomping for yet another three-night run. Perfect for any one who’s reminscining on Hardly Strictly’s passed.
For the Young and Restless: Dawes at the Independent
Consider Dawes the new age Neil Young. Lolling piano and a steady drum beat compliment their story-telling vocals and goosebump-enducing harmonies. If you’ve already got plans for the ball drop, fear not. Dawes is doing a show the night before as well.
For the Festival Nut: Sea of Dreams at SF Concourse Exhibition Center
Festival circuit favorites, like headliner Gogol Bordello and L.A.’s bass electronica trio The Glitch Mob, will be performing before the ball drops, and fulfilling every music junkies wildest dreams. You can also expect acrobat performers tumbling from the ceiling during the breaks. Costumes are recommended.