Phish Is Playing Miami New Year's Eve 2014!

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Your old pals here at New Times called it, folks.

We recently made the case why Phish should spend New Year's Eve in Miami, and it looks like someone was listening. Because at about 2:15 p.m., instead of finding the usual updates littering the home page of, phans were treated to the announcement that the band will play a four night run at the American Airline Arena, December 31 through January 3.

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New Year's Eve J Street Block Party at Propaganda Lake Worth

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Everymen in their zone

Another year of local music has come to a close. And while many slices of the South Florida scene did their part to support the finest musicians in our glorious neck of the woods, it's safe to say that some did it better than others.

In particular, Lake Worth shined this year, coming into its own and creating an artsy underground refuge where local music has thrived. Some of the most exciting bands to be booked on any bill this year played their hearts out at places like Propaganda. So what better way to kick off another 365 days of headbanging and booty-shaking than by bringing them all together again.

See Also: Lake Worth Is the Coolest City in South Florida

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Five Best New Year's Eve Parties for 2014

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Monica McGivern
You're perfect NYE at Respectables. You're welcome!

Doesn't it feel like every year is the "worst" or "best"? Like if you got married in 2013, it was the best year ever. If you lost your pinky toe, it was the worst ever. Maybe you're anticipating another Pintrest-perfect 12 months or you're hoping you don't lose your other toes in 2014, either way, you're looking forward to what's next.

That's why New Year's Eve is the most exciting holiday we've got. There's new beginnings, new budgets, new underwear, but the actual party night isn't always as exciting as you hope it'd be. You're shitfaced by midnight, some dubstepper has usurped the iPod, and you don't remember whose lipstick is all over your face.

We're stepping in here to try and ensure that you not worry about anything this NYE except getting a ride home and getting more lipstick on your face. Here are our five finest finds for a fantastic Broward or Palm Beach county New Year's.

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B.B. King - Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale - New Year's Eve, December 31

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Better Than: Seeing Kid Rock 

For the average 87 year old, New Year's Eve usually means a night of sleeping up-right on the couch at a family function. For blues legend, B.B. King, it's just another working night. 

The undisputed King of the Blues was kind enough to grace the Broward Center with his presence this December 31, and while a night of the blues might not seem like the most joyous way to segue into a fresh rotation, a great time was had by all -- none the least, by B.B. himself!
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Top Five Cheap 2013 New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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Toast 2013 with High Life
The thing about hitting the clubs on New Year's Eve is that it can end up being one helluva expensive night out. And while we do love VIP treatment and poppin' bottles, we don't want to spend the New Year paying off our party debt.

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- South Florida New Year's Eve Guide
- Top Ten Gay 2013 New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale
- Top Ten New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

So, for the thrifty folks hunting for a party, here's a list of five New Year's Eve events that won't leave you penniless on the first day of 2013.

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Top Ten Gay 2013 New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, specifically, is the new throbbing groin of the gay world. It's where all the queers around the globe rest their well coiffed heads when in our oddly shaped shape. What South Beach was in the late '90s, Wilton Manors is in the aughts, though a little grayer, and with a lot less model hags. 

Most in the area already know where they're kickin' it this New Year's Eve, but we thought we'd do a little digging to find the hottest gay parties in Fort Lauderdale. And what'd we find? Well, quite a bit for everyone from the tiniest twink to the beariest bear. Keep on clicking. 

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Top Ten New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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If there's anything that we at New Times know how to do, it's party. And if there's anything you should seek our advice on, it's how to ring in the new year. Because, folks, let's be real: This is the most important decision you will make all year.

Selecting the perfect place to celebrate New Year's Eve is about as life-altering as which college to attend or when to have a baby. What happens on December 31 determines your good or lame fortune over the next 365 days. It's true. Ask a scientist or a Mayan.

Fortunately for you, we've done all the legwork and tastemaking. We have hunted down all the good parties, from the most glamorous to the cheapest. So do yourself a favor and take our advice. You might wake up with a stranger snoring beside you and one helluva hangover, but at least you'll know this year won't be a sexless one for you yet again.

Remember, all these happen on Monday, December 31.

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New Year's Eve 2011: Bonerama at the Bamboo Room

New Orleans act Bonerama takes the brass-band tradition of its hometown and gives it a funky twist. Though the group is a full band complete with guitar and rhythm section, the focus is, as the name indicates, on trombones -- usually at least three of 'em. The result is a fusion of rock, jazz, and any other kind of horn-happy genres, with some extended jams thrown in.

They ring in the new year at the blues bastion that is Bamboo Room, with an extended set starting at 10 p.m. Get there early if you want a seat, as they're first-come, first-served -- though you'll be guaranteed standing room to dance.

Bonerama. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at Bamboo Room, 25 S. J St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $77.05 with fees. Click here.

New Year's Eve 2011: Elephantgun at Swampgrass Willy's

Remember before all the "Sex on Fire" stuff when Kings of Leon were a down-and-dirty, long-haired, rollicking rock band? Melbourne-based band Elephantgun may refresh your memory. With the same kind of charging, sing-along choruses and mush-mouthed, Southern-inflected vocals, the group picks up where the more famous act left off when it went pop.

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New Year's Eve 2011: Paul Anka at Hard Rock Live

Paul Anka may be far from the teen idol he was in the '50s and '60s, but the legendary crooner still knows how to stir up a romantic mood. Old hits like "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" are now timeless classics, and Anka, even at age 70, still boasts a voice that does them justice.

For this gig at Hard Rock Live, he and his fans may have to stay up past their usual bedtimes. The show doesn't kick off until 10:30 p.m. and goes on until the start of 2012. Tickets cost $85 to $150, but if you want to keep the party going later for free, head into the casino and check out the main stage. There, cover band High Tolerance performs until 1 a.m.

10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $85 to $150. Click here.

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