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New Year’s Eve? More like New Year’s Streams.

Your guide to close out 2020 streaming all of our favorite jams.

Here it is, your ultimate travel guide to the plethora of New Year’s streams.

We have a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it! You can click on each event to drop-down all the juicy, jammy details.

ARISE Online NYE: Desert Dwellers, Magic Beans & More

When: December 31, 11:00 p.m. EST
Where: Facebook Live and YouTube
What: Colorado Sound Studios has created ARISE Online NYE, a schedule full of musical performances, live painting, interviews, interactive chats & more. So far the lineup headlines with Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe of Desert Dwellers, followed by Magic Beans, Spectacle, Melody Lines, and more to be announced. This event is free, but donations are encouraged. Money raised will help benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and gets you entered to win hella prizes.

Check out their Facebook event to RSVP & stay updated.

Big Something New Year’s Run

When: December 30 & 31, 8:00 p.m. EST
What: Big Something will be beaming in live from the Lincoln Theatre for a free two night NYE run, starting Wednesday December 30th. Donations will be accepted and 25% proceeds extended to the Lincoln Theatre Staff & Venue Relief Fund.

Find the stream here.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

When: December 31, 10:00 p.m. EST
What: Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir will be streaming live from TRI Studios with one of his many current projects: Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros. There will be a live countdown hosted by retired NBA player and keynote deadhead Bill Walton. The Wolf Pack will be as follows: Alex Kelly on Cello, Brian Switzer on Trumpet, Adam Theis on Trombone, Mads Toiling on Violin, and Sheldon Brown on Clarinet, Flute & Saxophone.

Ticket and bundle info can be found here.

Crystal Hot Sauce Presents: NYE in NOLA

When: December 31, 10:00 p.m. EST
What: Crystal Hot Sauce and NOLA venue Tipitina’s together present a multi-venue live stream host by John Goodman. The night will be filled with live performances by Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, and Samantha Fish, with Special Guests Ani Di Franco, George Porter, Jr., Kermit Ruffins, and Big Sam! A new artist will be presented on the hour.

Order the webcast now.

Greensky Bluegrass Phish After-Show

When: January 1, 1:15 a.m. EST
Where: Facebook Live and YouTube
What: Contemporary bluegrass giants Greensky Bluegrass will be throwing down late-night string set vibes. Live from the archive, they’ll be premiering their Phish after-party set from the Brooklyn Bowl Halloween of 2016. This is a free stream!

Lespecial’s “Ancient Homies Future Blastoff”

When: December 31, 11:00 p.m. EST
Where: Facebook Live and YouTube
What: Lespecial has been hitting rehearsal hard in preparation of their NYE stream. In conjunction with their most recent release “Ancient Homies,” they’ll be premiering “Ancient Homies NYE Future Blastoff.” Bandmember Jonathan Grusauskas wrote in a Facebook announcement that the group is “working hard to make this one of the coolest audio/visual experiences [they’ve] ever done.”

New Year’s Cheese with the String Cheese Incident

When: December 31, 8:00 p.m. EST
What: String Cheese Incident is moving their free Friday night stream up a day early for a very special NYE edition. The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with a showing of “Evolution.” This film capsules Incidents from the Portland NYE of 2000-2001 and features music, interviews, and plenty of behind-the-scenes action. At 10:00 p.m. SCI heads back to Colorado for a rebroadcast of all 3 sets from the 2016 NYE Incident. If you know SCI, you know that they go above and beyond for their New Year’s Eve performances. Band member Jason Hann will host the night, and SCI promises more surprises to unfold during the stream.

Find the stream here.

Orchard Lounge on Couchtour TV

When: December 31, 10:00 p.m. EST
What: DJ trio Orchard Lounge will be returning to to ring in the New Year. No cover!

Check out their Facebook event to RSVP & stay updated.

Phish’s Dinner and a Movie

When: December 31, 8:30 p.m. EST
What: Phish finishes off their 2020 “Dinner and a Movie” streaming series with very special New Year’s plans. The iconic jam band will be streaming their first New Year’s Eve show from Madison Square Garden, 12/31/1995. During the stream, the band will be hosting an interactive chess game against registered audience members. For the dinner portion of the evening, Phish has gathered some chess cheese board recipes.

As always, donations to Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation will be accepted throughout the coarse of the stream. This year, the “Dinner and a Movie” series has raised over $750,000 which was split between 27 different nonprofit organizations.

SunSquabi New Year’s Run

When: December 31 & January 1, 11:45 p.m. EST
What: Sunsquabi is that fast-rising electro-instrumental trio you caught last Camp Bisco and hasn’t left your Spotify history since. These guys head over to Knew Conscious in Denver, Co to broadcast their two night NYE run.

Ticket and bundle packs are available through

Spafford New Year’s Run

When: December 30 & 31, 10:00 p.m. EST
What: The southwest improvisational rock of Spafford hit the Northeast in a big way half a decade ago. Although these guys usually make their yearly rounds our way, fans can tune in from home for 2 nights. Fun fact: 2009-2010 was Spafford’s first billed show, so this stream is their 11th birthday!

Browse ticket and bundle packs here.

The YAM YAM Telethon

When: December 31, 8:00 p.m. EST
What: Harrisburg local Funk and Soul band YAM YAM is teaming up with StageIt to put on a hell of a virtual NYE show. These guys bring the funk while infusing a hilarious quirkiness into their art. Whatever they have planned will be sure to entertain.

More info on ticket and bundle options can be found here.

Virtual Carousel: Live at House of Eternal Return

When: December 31, 11:30 p.m. EST
Where: Facebook Live
What: Meow Wolf, the hyper-psychedelic immersive visual art exhibit and venue, is turning virtual for their annual NYE Carousel. This is a special opportunity to travel to this destination-exhibit without buying a plane ticket west. Music and Performance lineup TBA.

Check in on their Facebook Event for more announcements.

Widespread Panic Run to New Years

When: December 31, 9:00 p.m. EST
What: Widespread Panic closes out their December run of pay-per-view archival shows from the legendary Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. This New Years archival show comes at us from 1999 and features collaborations with the DDBB and Ms. Dottie & the People’s Choice Choir.

Order the webcast now.

Have something to add? Email Sarah Kate at or DM us on our socials (@nepaudio).

To reiterate a post from the NEPAudio Facebook page:

“As 2020 finally comes to a close, I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for this community. This hasn’t been an easy year for anyone, and my heart goes out to every working mechanism of the entertainment industry. I hope that with the current stimulus, those affected can finally find some relief and look forward to the future with a flame of hope.

It’s been truly amazing to watch events adapt to keep the love light burning through such dark times. From moving online with live streams to make-shift drive-in stages, we as fans are so lucky to have such brilliant, innovative people who agree that the music never stops.

Thank you to the musicians who have used this time to write and keep us excited with new material. You’ve shown us that with the right perspective, this societal pause can be a breath of creation, rather than the ax of isolation.

Thank you to the fans who have couch toured and tuned in from open hatchbacks. You have proved to the world that the music industry encompasses something much bigger than just a party. Our family extends past who we camp with at festivals, blanketing every person in the crowd, the crew, and of course, swallowing every note from every person on stage.

Thank you to the audio and video engineers, light technicians, booking agents, and other members behind-the-scenes that stepped up to ensure that although the good times have slowed, there is no full halt—not one moment of silence. You’ve shown us the meaning of commitment, and that through passion, anything is possible.

Every person in this community has had a part in keeping the fire alive.

May the next year be something we can look forward to with gratitude, excitement, and optimism. We’re all in this together; as it has been all along. Until that day comes, NEPAudio will continue to share the stories of perseverance within our scene and serve the best information we can find on streaming events.”

Cheers my friends!

An English and Writing graduate of Kutztown University, Sarah has fused the two passions discovered through her years of study: writing and live music. Her creation of NEPAudio provides a very public love letter dedicated to the local jam scenes stretched across Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.

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