Another year has come and gone with 2017 on its way out and 2018 looming ever closer. We still have some time left for 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? Birmingham has plenty of concerts happening for New Year's, from not one but two "American Idol" winners to locals returning to their favorite haunts. So put on your finest, pop some champagne, and get your tickets to have a fun, memorable holiday.
What could possibly make New Year's more fun? A combined New Year's party and birthday bash. The Alabama Theater is turning 90, and they've enlisted '90s rock band Sister Hazel and "American Idol" winner and Birmingham native Taylor Hicks to perform as part of the celebration. The show will wrap up at 11:30, allowing concertgoers/partiers to enjoy the lighting of the brand-new 18th Street sign at midnight, replacing the sign that has been missing since 1957. Tickets are on sale now. Get ready for the show with our picks for Sister Hazel's five most underrated songs.
What are you doing New Year's Eve? Partying with Bel Biv DeVoe and "American Idol" winner and Broadway star Fantasia at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Though it's a New Year's show, Barrino is on tour in support of her new holiday album, Christmas After Midnight--appropriate for a holiday that revolves around the late hour. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $55 to $85.
Dec. 31 @ 9:30
Zydeco - 2001 15th Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35205
You can always count on band Trotline to ring in the New Year at Zydeco, and this year is no exception. The fun also includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are on sale now for just $17, making it an affordable way to celebrate.
Dec. 31 @ 7 p.m.
The Syndicate Lounge - 433 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL, 35205
Celebrate with Bakteria at Syndicate Lounge's New Year's Extravaganza, along with Dj. Trypton, Darth Fader and Dj. B!RD. Tickets are on sale now for $10, making it an affordable way to welcome 2018.
Dec. 31 @ 7:30
Music on the Mountain - 585 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover, AL 35226
Enjoy Music on the Mountain with Beatles tribute The Beatlads in the Birmingham suburbs. Admission costs just $15, meaning it's an affordable way to hear some great music and have a party. The concert is scheduled to wrap up by 10, followed by a countdown to 2018.