2022 is nearing its conclusion and before we know it, 2023 will be here and we’ll be in the thick of it. With the new year, there’s obvious resolutions and goals accented by hopes and aspirations. There’s also the feeling of making the upcoming 12 months better than the previous 12 or wanting to carry on a period of success into the next cycle. Regardless of how you feel, a good way to ring in the new year is by going out and having some fun until the ball drops and perhaps even afterwards. There’s lots of ways to accomplish this around Rhode Island, so here are a few options to consider if you’re looking to party it up on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve Soul Power Dance Party @ Dusk
301 Harris Avenue Providence
9pm 21+ $12
Soul Power is the best dance night in Providence that usually takes place at Dusk on the last Friday of each month with DJs Ty Jesso & John O’Leary spinning the best in garage rock, Motown soul, ‘60s British invasion, protopunk, classic R&B, groovy funk and everything in between. This special edition of Soul Power includes an array of snacks at the bar to indulge in and a champagne toast at midnight. It’s the best way to dance into 2023 in “The Creative Capital” so prepare to wear a proper pair of shoes to groove in.
Badfish (Sublime Tribute) @ Ocean Mist
895 Matunuck Beach Road South Kingstown
9pm 21+ $30
Born and bred in Rhode Island, Badfish has become the quintessential tribute band to the ska-punk legends Sublime. They have a giant nationwide tour coming up next month, but before that they’ll be honoring their South County roots at the Ocean Mist on New Year’s Eve. Brett Wilson from the reggae rock band Roots Of Creation and Joe Samba will be opening up the show so make sure to be prompt with your attendance.
Mystic Dead (Grateful Dead Tribute)
@ Knickerbocker Music Center
35 Railroad Avenue Westerly
8pm 21+ $20/adv $25/day of
Mystic Dead are an act that does deep dives into all sorts of material from jam band icons the Grateful Dead while providing a unique live experience. They also pull this off with each member remaining true to their own creative individuality, which has always been this tribute band’s mantra since their beginnings in 2018. Local folk-rock act Wooly Mammoth are going to be kicking the night off with their wide-ranging array of sounds and songs.
2023 New Year’s Eve
@ Escada Restaurant & Bar
39 Putnam Pike Johnston
8:30pm 21+ Free
For those who want a fun experience without having to dish out a cover charge, Escada has the best deal before the ball drops. Their New Year’s Eve party is free admission with a champagne toast, food specials, complimentary hats, festive party favors and the award-winning DJ Ladyruck spinning jams all night long. RSVP’ng beforehand is strongly encouraged and you can do that by logging on to escadarestaurantbar.com.
Jessica Kirson @ Comedy Connection
39 Warren Avenue East Providence
10:30pm 18+ $40
If you’re looking to laugh your way into the new year, then the Comedy Connection is the ideal place to be. New York City based comic Jessica Kirson and she’s gained a reputation for being a powerhouse performer while also being a guest on The Tonight Show, The View, The Howard Stern Show along with competing on Last Comic Standing and Celebrity Apprentice. She’s going to be performing all weekend, but the only show that’s not sold out is the one at 10:30pm on New Year’s Eve so make sure to grab a ticket quickly.
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