If you’re still feeling the sting from the last-minute cancellation of Phish’s Curveball festival this past August, fear not, the Vermont quartet’s annual New Year’s run at the Garden is unlikely to likewise become a casualty of severe weather. (Knock on wood.) The tireless jam band has played the venue upwards up 50 times, making it part of an elite club that includes Billy Joel, Elton John and the Grateful Dead. Couple that level of experience with the outfit’s notoriously eye-popping shows and you’re basically guaranteed to enjoy your trip at—um, we mean to the Garden.
Longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge spends most of his time these days entertaining Deadheads as part of Dead & Company. Here he rings in the New Year with a troupe of friends, which means a whole crew of jam-scene ringers including keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) and others.