Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: New York
Sharon Jones is leaving her options open regarding her band's New Year's Eve gig in Times Square. "I don't have any plans," she says. "It'll be my first time in Times Square for a New Year's holiday, so this will be new to me." The band has brought hip-shaking, James Brown-style soul revues to festivals all year, and for New Year's they will play a two-hour set plus collaborations with New Orleans legend pianist Allen Toussaint. Says Jones, "I really gotta Google him and make sure I know what's he's doing."
Best Buy Theater, New York. Dec. 30 and 31, 8 p.m. $39.50-$55, Ticketmaster