Considering its nickname of Music City, it's no surprise that the best Nashville New Years Eve 2013 parties feature music from some of the area's best artists. If you're looking for something to do on New Years Eve, there's music for fans of every genre. Here are some of the best options.
For the past several years, the City of Nashville has extended its trend of holding free downtown concerts to New Years Eve with its annual Bash on Broadway, a combination concert and fireworks show that also features a "Music Note Drop" at Midnight. For the economically minded, this is the best option available as its free to the public, although you can expect parking fees. This year's musical entertainment is headed up by country superstar Hank Williams, Jr. He will be joined by Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge, Robert Randolph, Kopecky Family Band, and Striking Matches.
For a third straight year, electronic megastar Bassnectar will be performing his 360 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on New Years Eve. Sporting some of the most popular DJ music in the world and a massive light show, Bassnectar is sure to be a fan pleaser. Bassnectar will be joined by Zion-I and Illesha. Tickets are $53.50 but have been sold out for a while so if you want to go, get ready to pay after market prices.
In what has become another New Years Eve tradition, old time revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show will take over the Ryman Auditorium for New Years Eve. This year, they will be supported by buzzworthy newcomer Parker Millsap. As has also become a tradition, tickets to this show sold out in no time so look for after market options if you want to attend.
While their name may turn a lot of people off, Nashville's Diarrhea Planet is one of the city's biggest success stories of the year, with their album appearing on many best of the year lists. They will play the Exit/In on New Years Eve, supported by past Road to Bonnaroo winners The Protomen and Richie, as well as No Regrets Coyote. Tickets are $15.
One of Nashville's favorite acts, Moon Taxi has become a New Years Eve fixture at increasingly large venues in Nashville. This year, they take over the biggest of Nashville's clubs in Marathon Music Works, supported by fellow Nashvillians Machines are People Too and Case Bloom. But even this larger venue wasn't enough to contain the enthusiasm as the show has already sold out so get ready to find aftermarket tickets if you want to go.
If you grew up on the music of the '90s, then The Cannery is the place for you on New Years Eve as Nashville's best '90s cover band My So Called Band takes over the venue for a night to bring the best of the '90s to life. So put on your flannel and get over to The Cannery. Tickets are $35 and $30.
If My So Called Band is a generation late for you, you'll want to spend your New Years Eve at 3rd and Lindsley where Guilty Pleasures will play the hits of the '80s. Another long standing New Years Eve tradition in Nashville, Guilty Pleasures has a reputation for being Nashville's biggest New Years Eve party. Tickets are $50-75.