On any given night in Chicago, live music fans can find something that suits their particular tastes at any of the city’s hallowed halls.
And on New Year’s Eve, Windy City venues can be counted on to up their game in terms of talent and festivities.
Listed are just a few notable shows scheduled for New Year’s Eve revelers.
Greensky Bluegrass, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $49.50 (18 and older).
Hailing from Kalamazoo, Greensky Bluegrass built its fan base in and beyond the Midwest the old fashioned way, by logging in loads of stage time. Even today, the five-piece bluegrass-and-beyond ensemble still find themselves playing more than 150 shows in a calendar year. Some of those shows, however, have been at hallowed venues such as Denver’s Red Rocks Auditorium and festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Bonnaroo.
Greensky Bluegrass is also playing at Riviera Theatre Dec. 29 and 30. Three day passes are currently available.
Noname, 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. $40-$45 at the door.
Chance the Rapper may receive heaping helpings of kudos for his work on and offstage, but his longtime ally, Noname, is a force of her own to be reckoned with. Last summer, the Bronzeville-bred artist released “Telefone,” which garnered raves beyond her hometown and hip-hop as a genre.
BoDeans, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $65-$85. 7 p.m. show sold out.
Here’s a date that may shock some music fans: “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams,” the debut from Wisconsin’s BoDeans’ debut, turned 30. Whether you dust it off or download it, “Love” has proven to be timeless for many area music fans, who still hold the band in high regard after all these years. Chicago has been a longtime second home for the band, whose appropriately titled “Thirteen” came out earlier this year.
Guided by Voices, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $45 (21 and older).
Seattle was ground zero for many American rock fans in the `90s, and Chicago fared quite well also. Dayton, Ohio, the home base for The Breeders and Guided by Voices, is unfortunately overlooked. Where the former are intermittently active, Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices’ output remains impressive, with two sets, “August by Cake” and “How Do You Spell Heaven,” released this year.
Guided by Voices is also scheduled to perform at Empty Bottle Dec. 30.
Ronnie Baker Brooks, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road., Berwyn. $40 (21 and older).
After a decade away off new release lists, Brooks returned in 2017 on the good foot with the full-length “Times Have Changed.” Produced by solo Keith Richards’ right hand man Steve Jordan and featuring assists by rock and blues legends from Steve Cropper to Angie Stone to his late father, the much-missed Lonnie Brooks, “Times” has received raves since it was released nearly a year ago.
Local H, 10 p.m. Dec. 31, Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $27-$45 (21 and older). Also Dec. 30 show.
That Zion’s Local H is best known for its 1996 alt-rock hit “Bound for the Floor” is a shame. Scott Lucas has crafted many a fine song and long player in the two-plus decades since. The group's most recent set “Hey Killer” came out two years ago to the pleasure of their fan base and, sadly, not too many others.
Flogging Molly, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $75-$85 (21 and older).
Fans of Flogging Molly don’t need a holiday – be it year’s end or in March – to revel in the L.A. based band’s blend of Celtic and punk. In fact, New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day revelers may be more of a nuisance to the Flogging faithful. After more than a half decade away from the charts, Flogging Molly released its sixth full length set “Life is Good,” in June.