New Year's Eve: Live Music

Sounds for the masses

Southpaw
Queer celeb and local entertainment demigod Murray Hill is hosting his annual New Year’s Eve variety extravaganza. Take his strong and steady hand as he guides you through a sea of singers, DJs, performance artists, and live acts, delivering you and yours safely at 2011’s doorstep, wasted as shit and a little violated. Polyester and burlesque will definitely be in full effect as Mr. Showbiz himself has you dancing till dawn. The after-party promises to be memorable and intimate. Show starts at 10:30 p.m., 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0236, spsounds.com, $45 and up

Blue Note
This New Year’s Eve, trumpeter Chris Botti will perform two shows as part of his three-week-long residency at Blue Note, which, in the New York jazz world, is akin to having box seats to a Subway Series left under your pillow. Since 2004, the commercially successful Botti has been at the epicenter of American jazz and, unlike many of his contemporaries, he has managed to cross over seamlessly into the world of pop music with his seriously slick PBS specials. The guy is a road warrior: He spends 250 days a year touring the globe, a schedule that would make Henry Rollins blush. Accompanying him that night is the stunning violin virtuosa Chee Yun. The Jon Batiste Band takes over at 1 a.m. 131 West 3rd Street, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net, 7 p.m. show, $85 bar, $150 table; 10 p.m. show, $95 bar, $195 table

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