IGNITE 2018: All Women’s Gala
Oakland’s Labrys School, a nonprofit that promotes self-healing and empowerment to women and girls of all ages, races, income levels, and lifestyles, is hosting a New Year’s gala to raise funds for their new GRRRLS program. The program will offer innovation and inspiration to girls in middle school, high school, and college as they deal with the dreams and dilemmas of their lives. The night’s festivities will include nourishing food and drinks, dancing, multicultural music and singing, and merrymaking festivities and rituals in an attempt to offer a moment of introspection before the calendar flips. The event is ADA accessible, and also alcohol-, drug-, and fragrance-free. Ages 16 and up. — Rick Paulas
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $50 early bird discount (before Dec. 15), $75 otherwise. Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, Ignite2018.eventbrite.com
Lawrence Hall of Science’s Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
If staying up past midnight doesn’t sound particularly appealing, the Lawrence Hall of Science has you covered. The famed science museum is holding its annual balloon drop during the underutilized daytime hours of New Year’s Eve. This year, to accommodate the crowds, the countdowns will occur thrice, once at 11 a.m., again at 1 p.m., and one final time at 3 p.m. The fun of the drop is free with the price of admission ($12 for adults, $10 for kids), so we suggest spending the time between the drops exploring the distant universe and the hidden wonders of our very own home planet. — R.P.
11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., free for members, included with admission. The Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, LawrenceHallofScience.orgDining
New Year’s Eve at Copper Spoon
North Oakland’s Copper Spoon feels like a prime destination for a low-key but still celebratory New Year’s Eve. The 2-month-old American restaurant, which replaced Art’s Crab Shack on Broadway, sports an effortlessly hip aesthetic and an epic cocktail program led by co-owner Vita Simone Strauss, who once worked at Bar Dogwood, Prizefighter, and other prominent East Bay bars. For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant is serving a $79 four-course meal, which includes a glass of hibiscus sparkling wine but excludes tax and gratuity. Among the dinner options are short ribs with root vegetables and bourbon sauce; citrusy swordfish with fermented kohlrabi; and a trio of squash for vegetarians. In addition to live music, a DJ, and midnight toast, Copper Spoon promises surprise party favors for diners. — Janelle Bitker
5:30 p.m.-2 a.m., $79, Copper Spoon, 4031 Broadway, Oakland, CopperSpoonOakland.com.
New Year’s Eve at Calavera
Not everyone wants to rage — or even stay up until midnight — on New Year’s Eve. For the person who wants to celebrate while still getting to sleep at a decent hour, a special dinner out is usually the way to go. This year, Uptown, Oakland’s Calavera is preparing a four-course feast with two possible seating times. Reserve for 5 p.m. and pay $55 or 8 p.m. for $75, the latter giving you just enough time to head to your chosen midnight destination — bed or otherwise. The menu includes three or four choices per course, including wild mushroom tamal with huitlacoche mole; chocolate-braised goat with nixtamal tortillas; and Veracruz-style red snapper. Most intriguing, though, are the desserts: chocolate-mole pot de crème, cotija cheesecake, and sweetened root vegetables. — J.B.
5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., $55 or $75, Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland, CalaveraOakland.com.
California Honeydrops at UC Theatre
Don’t let the green grass fool you, local ensemble California Honeydrops sings. Actually, it’s a Wilson Pickett song, but it’s one of the band’s favorites and perfectly encapsulates its ethos — a dance party sound clashing head-first with life’s harsh realities. The group has become popular all across the country with its infectious music combining classic R&B, funk, New Orleans jazz, snappy rockabilly, and Delta blues. The members have years of experience riling up a crowd. They started out by busking on the streets of San Francisco and eventually worked their way into the club circuit and pretty much took over. Their bio says they don’t play music, “they throw parties.” Really, isn’t that the whole reason to put on some pants and head out to ring in the New Year? Even introverts are guaranteed to let loose. It’s worth a shot, anyway. — Aaron Carnes
8 p.m., $55-$75, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley, TheUCTheatre.org
Club 21’s Massive New Year’s Eve
Northern California’s largest gay nightclub will open its multiple levels of dance floors, bars, and lounges for its annual New Year’s Eve bash. This year’s fun will be hosted by the always boisterous Violeta, while DJs will be spinning the best in Latin, hip-hop, house, and Top 40. You can also enjoy go-go dancers, a free buffet, and the obligatory balloon drop, and there’s a 99.9999 percent chance you’ll get to shake it to “Despacito.” — R.P.
9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., $TBA, $5 off before 11 p.m. with guest list. Club 21, 2111 Franklin St., Oakland, Club21Oakland.com.
Extra Action Marching Band at Brick and Mortar
Anyone that joined the marching band in high school is a nerd. Of course, American Pie let the world in on a little secret — band geeks are crazy and a bit dangerous. Unfortunately, most marching bands don’t reflect this in their performance. Well, there is Oakland’s own, Extra Action Marching Band, which brings scantily clad, pom-pom-carrying cheerleaders and marching band covers of Black Sabbath tunes. Though, most of the band’s music sounds in the realm of what you’d expect a football halftime band to play, but there’s a real aggressive, punk-rock energy to how they play it. (Years of crashing parties and accosting quiet bars will do that.) Even if you pay money this New Year’s to go see them knowing what you’ll get, don’t expect them to stay on stage and respect the normal boundary lines that your average band would. This will be a crazy night. You’ll barely remember 2017 after they’re done. — A.C.
9 p.m., $26, $30, Brick and Mortar, 1710 Mission St., San Francisco, BrickandMortarMusic.com
Goapele at Yoshi’s
Goapele is Oakland. At least she embodies the best traits of the city. Her parents were political activists that came to Oakland from South Africa (father) and New York (mother), and they instilled a sense of social justice in her, which she expresses in her music — a thoughtful blend of R&B and soul, that is at once carnal and cerebral. She’s been making brilliant alt-soul for a couple decades now, and although she’s not a household name, she’s big enough to pack clubs. And, of course, whenever she plays Oakland, it’s a special occasion. She says that her latest EP, Dreamcatcher, is a return to her roots. It’s a great collection of songs that stays in the mid-tempo and evokes an ethereal mood, at times borrowing from some African and tribal rhythms. The music is intimate and hits a certain dreamy vibe that will put you in the perfect New Year’s spirit. She’ll play an early and a late show. The late show costs more, because you get to ring in the New Year with Goapele. — A.C.
8 p.m. & 11 p.m., $69-$99, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, Yoshis.com
Poolside & Dam Funk at Public Works
LA duo Poolside gets all the best descriptions for its music. The group calls it “daytime disco” and one critic praised its “supremely casual decadence.” If those descriptions don’t give you a mental auditory image, then imagine a blend of chillwave, New Wave pop, disco, and ’90s rave culture, and then put a pair of sunglasses and an ironic fedora on it. The music is surprisingly sunny-sounding and really danceable, so if you are all about mind-altering drugs and sweat-till-you-drop dancing this New Year’s, Poolside is sure to have you covered. Expect to stay up all night long (the show goes ’til 3:30 a.m.), and then you can welcome the New Year while watching the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean. Dam Funk opens with a sure-to-be-groovy DJ set. — A.C.
9 p.m., $25-$60, Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco, PublicSF.com
Primus: A Goblin in the New Year at Fox
New Year’s Eve is about remembering the good times of the past year and thinking about the exciting things to come. But what if the world has gone to hell and we’re all screwed? Then Primus’ New Year’s party is just the thing for you. The group’s new album is based on a weird Italian children’s book from 1978 called The Rainbow Goblins about a group of gluttonous elites that suck all the color out of the world. The masses overcome their greed by banning together and taking them on. Primus’ adaptation is a thinly veiled allegory for the times we’re living in now. They bring their usual brand of oddball characters and bad acid trip visuals to a story that offers a small glimmer of hope in a time when all seems lost. Plus, New Year’s Eve parties are kind of Primus’ thing. Legend of the Seagullmen (with Tool’s Danny Carey and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds) open the festivities — A.C.
9:30 p.m., $49.50, $69.50, Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, TheFoxOakland.com
Seth MacFarlane and the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall
Do you know what Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane loves besides non-sequiturs and offensive jokes? Singing pre-rock ‘n’ roll-era standards. That’s what he’ll be doing in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, and it sounds odd to suggest, but it may be classiest show of the night. MacFarlane’s passion for old musicals and Rat Pack-era jazz is immense, and he’s got an amazing voice to boot, with wonderful pitch, timber, and control. At this event, he’ll be backed by the San Francisco Symphony and will croon some of the snappiest jazz songs your grandfather loved all night long. Chances are even he didn’t love these songs nearly as much as MacFarlane does. Edwin Outwater will be the conductor this evening. — A.C.
8 p.m., $89-$229, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, SFSymphony.org
New Year’s Eve and Day Events
Brian Copeland Presents: Lighten Up For NEW YEAR’S EVE: Join Brian and his funny friends including Robert Duchaine, Chicago Steve Barkley, Chip Franklin, Donald Lacy, Shanti Charun, Joe Klocek, DR. GONZO, and more! Sun., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $60. San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, www.sanleandropac.com/.
CAÑA New Year’s Eve Day Party!!: live music, dancing, food, drink specials, and more! Sun., Dec. 31, 3-8 p.m., $20. Caña, 530 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, CanaOakland.com.
Comedy Countdown Starring Dave Attell More Info Sun 12/31 @ 9:30pm: Sun., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., $55. Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco, MasonicAuditorium.com.
East Bay New Year’s Eve Party: Enjoy an elegant New Year’s Eve party at the San Ramon Marriott. Includes: two free drinks, champagne toast, comp. casino gaming for hundreds in prizes, balloon drop, fun party favors, professional photographer Sun., Dec. 31, $70, $80. San Ramon Marriott Hotel, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon.
First Fridays Bay Area & Good Life Bay Area 2018 New Years Eve Party: Featuring CJ Flash of The World Famous Rick & Russ Show, dancing in the Belvedere Ballroom, live jazz in the Bubble Glass Lounge, assorted whiskey tasting in the tasting room, enjoy cigars on the Bay View Patio Lounge Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $50-$800. DoubleTree Hotel, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, www.doubletree.com.
IGNITE 2018 – All Women New Year’s Eve Gala: Alcohol, drug & fragrance free; ADA accessible; for women & girls 16+. This is a fundraiser for launching the GRRRLS program* at Labrys School of Self Healing & Empowerment for Women & Girls, a nonprofit in Oakland. Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $50-$75. Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, HumanistHall.org.
New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop: Bring the whole family to the Hall on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve for exciting scientific activities. Toast to another year of scientific discovery and fun at our annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Sun., Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/events/winter_weeks. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, LawrenceHallofScience.org.
New Year’s Eve Burlesque Bash 2017!: SPEND YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE with shimmering showgirls, madcap swing & an unforgettable night of thrills! Oakland’s beautiful Uptown Nightclub, Lee Presson and the Nails, & the Bay Area’s world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue, welcome you to the greatest New Year’s Eve BURLESQUE party of ’em all!, ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER of advance tickets available, With BURLESQUE & more by Lola Coquette (Portland, OR), Dem Foxy Femmes, Frankie Fictitious, Sweet Belize, Pixie Vanílle, Major Suttle-Tease, Lula Applebruise, JonBenet Butterbuns, Jet Noir, Bo Vixxen and many MORE!, Plus! musical guests, with LIVE burlesque accompaniment, LEE PRESSON & THE NAILS! Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door, hubbarevue.com/. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.
New Year’s Eve Dinner: Enjoy an elegant five-course holiday prix fixe menu at Meritage accompanied by live music and breathtaking views., *Reservations recommended Dec. 31, 5-8:30 p.m., $149++ per person, www.fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/promotions/holiday-events/. Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, www.fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/.
New Year’s Eve Flow: Start your New Years Eve with a soulful, heart expanding flow with the lovely Susannah Freedman accompanied by a live DJ. The night will feature an optional raffle with prizes from Marisa Mason, Ali Golden, Roses’ Taproom, and Crimson, with proceeds going to Sonoma Humane Society. Sun., Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., $25-30, www.flying-studios.com. Flying Studios, 4834 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland.
New Year’s Eve Party: Ring in the New Year with a Great Gatsby-themed party at the Claremont Lobby Lounge & Bar, featuring Moët & Chandon Champagne and live music. No reservations required., *Cash Bar Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., www.fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/promotions/holiday-events/. Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, www.fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley/.
New Year’s Eve at Calavera: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special 4-course dinner. We have limited space available, so call 510-338-3273 to make a reservation today! Sun., Dec. 31, 5-11 p.m., $55-$75. Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland, CalaveraOakland.com.
New Year’s Eve Balloon Drops: Ring in the New Year without staying up all night with one of Chabot’s most popular annual events. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11am, 1pm, and 4pm. Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above and stay for the day to participate in fun activities throughout the Center. Register at Chabotspace.org/balloon-drop.htm Sun., Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 per child. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ChabotSpace.org.
New Year’s Eve Fundraising BIG BAND DANCE Gala 2017: A Special BIG BAND DANCE Fundraising Gala for the Museum’s Education Department featuring 3 O’clock Jump. The Bay Area’s best place to dance! Three dance floors on the enclosed, heated hangar deck. Free dance lessons by Jim Truesdale, former Fred Astaire instructor. Silent auction, midnight countdown with the band! View San Francisco fireworks from our flight deck. Period attire welcome. Black tie optional. Cash bars & food concessions Available. Free parking. Sun., Dec. 31, 7:30-11 p.m., $65-$99. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, USS-Hornet.org.
New Year’s Eve Party – A Night In Paris: Whether you are single, married, have a date or flying solo…all are welcome for this memorable evening. Come dressed to impress as this is a classy event with an extravagant dessert bar, DJ, dancing, prizes and an amazing time with friends. Hosted by Bay Area Christian Church Sun., Dec. 31, 8 & 10 p.m., $25, $30. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. #290, Oakland, OACC.cc.
NYE Comedy Mega Show: The return of a special one-night-only evening of comedy featuring:, Aparna Nancherla, DJ Douggpound, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Brent Weinbach, Andrew Michaan Sun., Dec. 31, 9:45 p.m., $35. Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, RenaissanceRialto.com.
Ring in the New Year: Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing: On this special night at Namaste we will “ring” in the new year with with mindfulness, relaxation, community, yoga and sound in a safe, warm, supportive environment., Nourish your new year by nourishing yourself with gentle stretching and restorative postures, breathing practices, acupressure and sound therapy. You will be bathed in healing sounds from weighted tuning forks, crystal bowls and specially tuned gongs. Deeply connect to yourself and each other as we create a nurturing inward space to contemplate, reflect, and set fresh intentions for the year to come. Sun., Dec. 31, 5-7:30 p.m., Price: $60. Namaste Berkeley, 2820 Seventh St, Berkeley.
The Saddle Rack New Year’s Eve Party: The New Year’s Eve Party theme this year is New Year’s Eve Las Vegas Style. Party favors, drink specials, Las Vegas theme stage show with Diablo Road and Vegas Show Girls, balloon drop and champagne Toast at midnight Sun., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $35. The Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Rd., Fremont, TheSaddleRack.org.
Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise 2018: Presented by SF Nightlife, the Speakeasy 2018 New Year’s Eve Cruise will transport you back to the ’20s with blackjack tables and dealers, two DJs spinning the best in Top 40, four hours of open bar, and the best views that the city has to offer. Sun., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $250+. Pier 40, 40 Pier, San Francisco.
Starry Night New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise: Looking to ring in the New Year with a cocktail in hand? Come aboard the Berkeley Starry Night New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise to sip on delicious cocktails, taste delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy unlimited Champagne. Celebrate with New Year’s Eve party favors and a DJ spinning all the best hits to ring in 2018 with a bang underneath the San Francisco Midnight Fireworks Show! Sun., Dec. 31, 9:30 & 10:20 p.m., $192. DoubleTree Hotel, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, www.doubletree.com.
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo!: Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before! We’ve added cool new laser light shows and much more to our hundreds of thousands of holiday lights and structures brightening Oakland’s night sky. Other highlights include a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, an adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a music-themed light show that’s sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs! Don’t forget to warm up with some hot cocoa and homemade s’mores, available at Flamingo Plaza at the Zoo’s main entrance. Through Jan. 1, 2018, 5:30 p.m., $10. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, OaklandZoo.org.New Year’s Eve and Day Music
2018 Gran Baile de Año Nuevo: Spend New Year’s Even with Roberto Tapia, Ramón Ayala, and more!, Sun., Dec. 31, 5:40 p.m., $49 + $40 for parking. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-569-2121, Coliseum.com.
Acid Test – New Year’s Eve Freak Out!: w/ The Creation Factory, The Pop Club Group, The Acid Test SF, DJs Steve & Noemi, Jodie Artichoke, Maico (Heavy Jelly Club)(LA), Peri Alexandra Levin (LA), Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $10, $15. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., 415-552-7788, Elbo.com.
Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash: w/ Édessa, Dromeno, and the Fetatones, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $25. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-5054, Ashkenaz.com.
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra with Wee Willie Walker: Ticket price includes four-course meal, champagne toast at midnight, and a great musical evening, Sun., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., $95. The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland, 510-994-3501, SoundRoom.org.
The California Honey: Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $55.00- $75.00, 510-356-4000, www.theuctheatre.org/event/1567668. The UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave, Berkeley.
Cracker / Camper Van Beethoven: w/ Johnny Hickman, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $50-$74.95. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., 415-885-0750, SlimsPresents.com.
Epic New Year’s Eve 2018 Extravaganza: Includes a red carpet entrance, complimentary party favors, midnight champagne toast, and midnight cash balloon drop, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $20-$35. Complex Oakland, 420 14th st., Oakland, www.complexoakland.com.
A Fleetwood Macramè NYE Extravaganza!: a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $20.18. Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 510-526-5888, IvyRoom.com.
Kaskade: Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., $99.50. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., 415-478-2277, BillGrahamCivic.com.
Kick Off ’18 With A Party In Your Pants: w/ Extra Action, BATTLEHOOCH, Naked Lights, DJ Junkdrawer, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $26, $30. Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., 415-800-8782, BrickandMortarMusic.com.
Metric: Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $80-$200. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., 415-625-8880, MezzanineSF.com.
The Murder City Devils: w/ Big Business, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $45, $69.95 (with dinner). Slim’s, 333 11th St., 415-255-0333, SlimsPresents.com.
New Year’s Eve – Tycho (Live + DJ Set) w/ NitemovesParty: Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $110. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-6000, TheFillmore.com.
New Year’s Eve 2018 con Violeta: Featuring special show, go go dancers, drink specials, champagne toast, and much more, Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Club 21, 2111 Franklin St., Oakland, 510-268-9425, Club21Oakland.com.
New Year’s Eve at the Freight: w/ Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo and FLO the Funky Latin Orchestra, The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble Of SF (on the Gallery Stage), Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $75, $80. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-548-1761, TheFreight.org.
New Year’s Eve Party: with BAUS, PREENING, BEAST NEST FEATURING JAIME, NO/YA, Sun., Dec. 31, 8 & 10 p.m., $7. Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, ElisMileHigh.com.
New Year’s Eve with Sueños: includes party favors and champagne toast at midnight, Sun., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., free. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-8277, JupiterBeer.com.
NYE with The Brother’s Comatose: Ring in the New Year with The Brother’s Comatose at Cornerstone Live Music and Craft Beer Bar., Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts., Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $43.50 early bird / $48.50 general admission, 510-214-8600, CornerstoneBerkeley.com. Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
NYE with Too $hort: Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $55, $65. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, 510-444-7474, TheNewParish.com.
Peña Pachamama’s NEW YEAR’S EVE FIESTA: Join us to bring in the New Year 2018 in the magic of our San Francisco Speakeasy with live music throughout the night with Eddy Navia and Pachamama Band and the traditional midnight magic with drummers and dancers from SF Carnaval’s No. 1 Samba Troupe, Fogo Na Roupa. Includes three-course prix fixe dinner with a champagne toast at midnight., Sun., Dec. 31, 4 & 8 p.m., $120-$155. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., 415-646-0018, PenaPachamama.com.
Primus: A Goblin in the New Year: with special guests Legend of the Seagullmen feat. Danny Carey (Tool) & Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Sun., Dec. 31, 9:30 & 10:20 p.m., $49.50, $69.50. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-302-2250, TheFoxOakland.com.
The Whispers and The Dramatics: They are two of only a very few “old-school” R&B groups that can boast of having over four decades in the industry with a worldwide fan base, still maintaining their vocal dominance. Don’t miss them – LIVE – sharing the stage at the Paramount on New Year’s Eve!, Sun., Dec. 31, 8 & 10 p.m., $55.75-$79.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.
Young Beethoven with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Simon: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1, Rin Homma, pianist (2017-2018 debut artist), Sun., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., Free, 415.463.6710, thesfco.org. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.