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New Year's Eve Rock Guide: From Gaga in Miami to Mayer in Vegas

December 23, 2009 12:00 AM ET

New Year's Eve is traditionally one of the biggest nights on the live concert circuit as countless artists rock out with fans when the ball drops. This year is no exception, with Phish reviving an old NYE tradition in Miami where Lady Gaga will also perform, Mariah Carey taking over Madison Square Garden, John Mayer and Maroon 5 playing separate Sin City venues and the Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in Oklahoma City (RS will will have a full report from the Lips' super-gig — stay tuned!). Factor in all the all-star New Year's Eve specials on TV and December 31st is giving the Grammys a run for the title of music's most star-studded night.

Here's a guide to the biggest and best shows throughout the nation, from New York to Miami to Los Angeles and all spots in between:

New York
Mariah Carey @ Madison Square Garden
Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
Q-Tip and Dam-Funk @ Brooklyn Bowl
Disco Biscuits @ Nokia Theatre
MSTRKRFT @ Webster Hall
Courtney Love @ Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room
Chuck Berry @ B.B. King's
Detroit Cobras, Titus Andronicus @ Mercury Lounge
Soullive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fischerspooner @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Dean & Britta @ Southpaw
Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
Passion Pit @ Piano's

Miami
Phish @ American Airlines Arena (also December 28, 29, 30)
Lady Gaga @ James L Knight Center
The B-52's @ Hard Rock Live

Los Angeles
Adam Lambert @ Gridlock New Year's Eve Bash, Paramount Pictures Studio
Chromeo, Peanut Butter Wolf @ Club Nokia
Erykah Badu @ House of Blues
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
DJ Quik, Bizzy Bone @ Key Club
Flogging Molly @ The Wiltern

Chicago
The Black Keys @ Riviera Theatre
Girl Talk @ Congress Theater
Gin Blossoms @ Montrose Room
Big Head Todd & The Monsters @ House of Blues
Supersuckers @ Reggie's Music Joint
Umphrey's McGee @ Aragon Ballroom
Crystal Castles @ Logan Square

Philadelphia
Mos Def @ Trocadero
Mighty Diamonds @ North Star

San Francisco
Furthur @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
The Roots @ The Warfield
Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory @ Concourse Exhibition Center
Les Claypool @ The Fillmore
Darlene Love @ The Rraz Room

Las Vegas
John Mayer Trio, Meyer Hawthorne @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Maroon 5, Jason Segel @ Pearl Concert Theatre at the Palms
Merle Haggard @ Star of the Desert Arena

Atlantic City, NJ
Jimmy Eat World @ Harrah's
O.A.R. @ House of Blues
David Grey @ Caesars

Oklahoma City Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs @ Cox Convention Center

Milwaukee
Spoon, Jay Reatard @ Riverside

Atlanta
Band of Horses @ The Tabernacle
Widespread Panic @ Philips Arena

Kansas City
Parliament/Funkadelic @ KCI Expo Center

New Orleans
Better Than Ezra @ House of Blues
Galactic @ Tipitinas

Seattle
Cake @ The Moore Theatre
Minus the Bear @ Showbox

Washington DC
Third Eye Blind @ Grand Hyatt
Anthony Hamilton @ Zanzibar

Cleveland
Buddy Guy @ House of Blues
Twiztid @ Peabody's Downunder

Baltimore
Dark Star Orchestra @ Ram's Head Live
Little Feat @ Recher Theater

Lincoln, Rhode Island
Gregg Allman @ Twin River Event Center

Detroit
Goo Goo Dolls @ Sound Board
Von Bondies @ Hyatt Regency

Denver

Sound Tribe Section 9 @ Wells Fargo Theater
Yonder Mountain String Band @ Fillmore

Biloxi, MS
Flo Rida @ IP Casino and Resort

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