Live Picks: New Year’s Eve Edition, 12.31.2011

In another special edition of our weekly Live Picks, we offer a few suggestions on where to ring in New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. All shows begin on the evening of December 31, 2011 and should last well(?) into 2012.

Black Lips + Jean-Eric + KG Accidental – One Eyed Jacks

While One Eyed Jacks is far and away the most dependably awesome place to catch a show week in and week out, you can depend on the venerable French Quarter rock club extra hard when New Orleans needs her the most.  Just as they do during Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest and especially Mardi Gras, the good folks at Aquarium Drunkard cut no corners when booking the show for New Year’s Eve.

In what will easily be the most inimitable and raucous of all events to ring in the new year (and ironically the most New Orleanian), Aquarium Drunkard has brokered a brilliant redux appearance of Atlanta’s own Black Lips, essentially an encore of their Lundi Gras show this past March – a concert that marked the flashpoint in a year that was ultimately slammed with unforgettable performances. Among a sea of Mardi Gras costumes that saw Jacks as sardine-packed as it’s ever been, these feral, psychedelic garage punks became hosts to an overwhelming mosh pit of split heads, bruised knuckles, sweaty armpits and runny makeup.

For their New Years Eve sequel, the Lips have invited their equally frenetic, crowd-rousing friends in Jean-Eric to carry the local support torch while the terrifyingly genteel ladies of WTUL DJ tandem KG Accidental will be providing the house music for the entire outrageous evening.

MP3: Black Lips: “Raw Meat”

Dr. John and the Lower 911 + Beausoleil – House Of Blues

Khris Royal and Dark Matter + Earphunk – Maple Leaf

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers + Big Sam’s Funky Nation – The Joy Theater

Galactic + Anders Osborne + Eric Lindell – Tipitina’s

Rebirth Brass Band + Papa Grows Funk – Howlin’ Wolf

Check out our New Orleans Music Calendar for a full slate of constantly updated live picks

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