Sensational Santa Showdown
Friday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $5, www.chopshopnoda.com
The eclectic jam-centered lineup includes the progressive jazz-inflected rock of Case Federal & the Agents, which features colorful interplay between sax, guitar, and vocals, the bluesy improvisations of Duk Tan, the organ-guided classic rock of the Goodnight Brothers, and the comedy influenced tunes of Crackers & Snackmeat, who’ve backed comedians like Doug Stanhope and Johnny Millwater.
Friday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $17, www.snugrock.com
Santa delivered a quirky hip-hop treat under Plaza Midwood’s tree. The prolific, influential underground rap legend behind Ultramagnetic MCs and Dr. Octagon returns for How Keith Stole Christmas with DJ Justin Aswell (Mr. Invisible, Snug’s weekly Knocturnal events) and BlacKostume.
Another Lost Year
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $10-$12, www.amossouthend.com
The Charlotte hard rock band whose high octane songs could score a NASCAR race or a WWE pay-per-view (and in fact have played during Panthers’ games) spent most of 2014 touring the East Coast and Midwest with bands like Saving Abel. It’s back for a post-holiday hometown show before hitting the pavement again in 2015.
Saturday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5, www.snugrock.com
During its run from 1984 to 1989 this Charlotte punk band opened for some of the heaviest hitters in the `70s and `80s punk and hardcore - the Ramones, Circle Jerks, Agnostic Front, Exploited, and others. Its members, who went on to Aqualads, Leisure McCorkle, and Drat reunite for its 30th anniversary.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band/Big Something
Tuesday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $12-$15, www.chopshopnoda.com
The formative Asheville funk-rock band, who has been laying down horn-laden grooves for 12 years now, teams with the Burlington-based sextet whose accessible kitchen sink approach manages to seamlessly marry rock, funk, hip-hop, disco, and jazz on its album “Truth Serum” providing a link between Pink Floyd, Incubus, the Chili Peppers, and the Grateful Dead.
John Tosco’s 5th Annual NYE Variety Show
Wednesday 4:30 to 6 McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $15, www.blumenthalarts.org
The team behind the long running Tosco Music Parties and Beatles Tribute focus less on music and more on fun for the younger set with jugglers, comedians, bubbles, ventriloquists, kazoos, and dancing with acts like the Jolly Lollies and the Mud Puddles providing the tunes. Plus there’s time to put the kids to bed before the grown up parties start.
Overboard II: Cruise Control
8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., Free, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Local acts MTHR, Hungry Girl, Miami Dice, Dreamy D, Junior Astronomers, DJ Ahuf, and DJ STRTR provide the soundtrack for this sailing themed party, which includes Carolina photographers Jeff Howlett and Raleigh’s Chris Morgan shooting tintypes.
Simplified New Year’s Eve Party
10 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18-$20, www.visulite.com
The popular Charlotte acoustic rock and reggae outfit returns for its annual feel good New Year’s jam. Although geared toward adults the show is open to ages 16 and up. Under 16 must be accompanied by parent.
Snug Harbor NYE
10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, www.snugrock.com
December residents the Fat Face Band join long running holiday fixture Benji Hughes, rocking funnymen the Alternative Champs and rousing roots duo Sinners & Saints for this neighborhood party.