Another year has come and gone with 2017 on its way out and 2018, and whatever it may bring, looming ever closer. We still have some time left to take in some live music before the year officially comes to a close, and New Year's Eve is the perfect time to do it. After all, is there a better way to say goodbye to one year and welcome the next? And Portland has plenty of concerts happening for New Year's, from annual symphony performances to local bands. So put on your finest, pop some champagne, and get your tickets to have a fun, memorable holiday.
Dec. 30 and 31 @ 8 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - 1037 SW Broadway Ave. (at Main St.), Portland, Oregon 97205
Pink Martini can often be found playing New Year's shows, and 2017 is no exception, with shows on Dec. 30 and 31 with the Oregon Symphony. The symphony will also continue its tradition of performing the majestic final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth, also known as "Ode to Joy." Tickets are on sale now, starting at $40. Be sure to get ready for the show with Pink Martini's new album, Je Dis Oui!
Dec. 30 and 31 @ 8
Wonder Ballroom - 128 NE Russell St., Portland, OR 97212
Celebrate the New Year with STRFKR at the Wonder Ballroom with two shows over the weekend on Dec. 30 and 31, along with Reptaliens. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $30. The group will also hit the road in 2018 through the end of February.
Explode Into Colors
Dec. 31 @ 9 p.m.
Mississippi Studios - 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Dec. 31 @ 7 and 10 p.m.
Alberta Rose Theatre - 3000 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211
Whether you want to be out early or late, you can catch one of two shows from Mason Jennings--one at 7 p.m. and the other at 10--with special guest Anna Tivel. The late show will be followed by a countdown to midnight. Tickets are on sale now for $35 in advance, $45 at the door.
Breakside Ball 2017
Dec. 31 @ 10 p.m.
Slabtown - 1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Party with the Breakside brewery with the inaugural Breakside Ball at Slabtown with live music from the Kinky Brothers, plus other fun like karaoke and a silent disco. Tickets are on sale now for $30.