Between the pandemic and economic pressures, the live music industry enters 2023 on uncertain footing. Her recent Ticketmaster-Taylor Swift ticket meltdown only makes things worse. And locally, Eugene has turned the page to her 2022, losing her one of the leading music venues for emerging artists, Sessions Music Hall. However, on New Year’s Eve there are still plenty of live performances in town.
Most notably, the Portland-based rock band and longtime favorite of Eugene’s audience, floaterpresents a version of Pink Floyd’s classic record animal at the McDonald’s Theater. Floater as a whole is Alter, released in 2002 and a favorite from their own catalog for the 20th anniversary of that album. 9 p.m., $25 advance, $30 at door, all ages.
Nostalgia Continues at Led Zeppelin Tribute Act in Southern Oregon living loving lead Take over WOW Hall The Fabulous Del Monte Brothers featuring Bishop Mayfield. 8pm, $25. Stay in downtown Eugene and enjoy some of Eugene’s best indie rock. glazier When egotones Run with Mothra When joules at John Henrys. 9 pm. Free; 21+.
Dance with The Big Dirty Glam Nye When glamazons When DJ John “Spa J” Kick off at 9pm. $5 upfront, $8 on the day. 21+.there is also New Queer’s Eve Dance Party At the Spectrum bar hosted by Lyta Blunt and Uranus the Fool. 9pm, $15, 21+. A champagne toast is included in your admission price.
Elsewhere, an eclectic Portland band World’s finest Play along with local jazz-influenced jam rockers spange At Whirled Pies; 9pm, $24 advance, $30 at the door, 21+.
At Mac’s Nightclub and Restaurant in Willamette’s Vet’s Club, “My Band” by Darling Jackson For eclectic pop covers. 8 p.m., $10 advance, $15 at the door, 21+.In the ballroom of the Veterinary Club, energetic funk and soul Soulstruck9:30 p.m., $10 advance, $15 at door, 21+. Tickets for both Darline Jackson and SoulStruck are $20.
Head to the White Acre District Old Nick’s 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party Complimentary electro swing performances, craft and art vendors, and hors d’oeuvres and cakes from Black Blossom Bakery. The festivities end with a champagne toast and a ball drop. $7 prepaid, $13 door with costume, $15 door, no costume; 21+.
Hear classic soul, R&B and Motown covers by three local favorites at Sam Bond Sarah B3 & 45 RPM Soul Revue Supported by Eugene Indie Rockers Fern When service call9pm, $10, 21+.
Keep dancing at the Brearley Vintage Arcade, also in Witt. 90’s vs 00’s New Year’s Eve Bash When DJ Mandy Mack 10 pm. $6, 21+. Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company has geezer NYE party When Skip Jones & The Spirit of New Orleans for rock, R&B and Big Easy style piano; 6pm, free.
For a non-musical New Year’s Eve event, eight of Eugene’s best stand-up comedians will record a comedy set at the First National Taphouse. Best of Eugene Comedy 2022 Showcase; 9pm, Free, 21+. Eugene Weekly Best of Eugene Best Comedian Winner Jen Jay Appeared in the event.