Who says you have to end the year with "Auld Lang Syne"? With Chicago's famous blues and soul heritage, there are plenty of shows capping off December, whether you're in the mood for a high-energy end to the year or one that's sultry smooth. Check out these Chicago holiday shows at Rosa's Blues Lounge, The Promontory, and City Winery, awesome venues to catch some great performers as you ring in the New Year.
December 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Catch Melody Angel, one of the city's most promising young singer/song-writer's, for a lively show at Rosa's Blues Lounge. The South Side native crafts strikingly original tunes like the compelling ballad "In This America" and also covers blues classics like Big Mama Thorton's "Ball and Chain," with a fresh twist. A skilled guitarist with sharp Jimi Hendrix influences, Melody Angel is a rare, nuanced performer not to be missed.
Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
Rosa's Blues Lounge
3420 W. Armitage Avenue
December 30 at 8 p.m.
Billed as "the party of the year," this annual celebration of soul music in various forms, from neo soul, to afrobeat, to house and funk, requires an appreciation of good music and feet that don't mind dancing. We Love Soul features four DJs who blend all the genres and offshoots of soul music into a non-stop dance event. The suggested attire is elegant casual.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $20 at the door.
5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West
December 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-winning R&B chanteuse Lalah Hathaway has earned an adoring following for her buttery vocals and multi-faceted delivery. The daughter of soul icon Donny Hathaway, Lalah continues the tradition of soul-stirring music that inspires anyone who listens.
Tickets are $85 for advanced seating on a wait list.
1200 W. Randolph Street
Looking for other ways to ring in the New Year in Chicago? Check out our Guide to New Year's Eve, including top hotel parties, restaurant celebrations, and other musical performances.