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Your Guide to New Year’s Eve Concerts in Dallas

Let's not forget the important role live music plays in getting well and truly debauched.

Most New Year’s Eve shenanigans tend to center around bars and parties, but let’s not forget the important role live music plays in getting well and truly debauched.

I can think of no better way to close out the year than by going to a show: The amateur hour revelers are less obnoxious if you don’t have to listen to them, the music is (should be) better than whatever playlist your friend has on at their house party, and the focus is (should be) less on drinking than it is on enjoying the concert. But which show should you attend to ring in the new year in Dallas?

To dance your little heart out: In a fairly last-minute move surely designed to flummox online arts and entertainment editors who manage event listings along with people who book hotel rooms well in advance, Lights All Night decreed that it would depart the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for Dallas Market Hall. Regardless, the city’s biggest annual two-night dance party should still be, well, the city’s biggest annual two-night dance party. EDM heavyweights like Hardwell, Porter Robinson, and Kaskade topping the bill.

To dance your little heart out to local acts: Ishi and the great Dezi 5 turn Trees into a discotheque.

For a classical evening: Karina Canellakis conducts, Kelley O’Connor sings, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays music by Strauss, Wagner, and Debussy at the Meyerson. A champagne toast comes at intermission, and with a 7:30 pm start time, odds are good you’ll be out before 2016 hits.

For some old time rock and roll: Jonathan Tyler and Somebody’s Darling perform at 91.7 KXT’s bash at the Granada.

To head bang your way into 2016: HELLYEAH, a Vinnie Paul joint, plays with the similarly metal-inclined Sevendust and others for New Year’s Evil at the Bomb Factory.

To ring in the new year with your ears ringing: The instrumental rockers This Will Destroy You will get plenty loud at Club Dada. Get there early for the dark electronic music of Cygnus and whatever it is Dallas-based producer of note John Congleton has been working on.

For a throwback new year: The retro pre-swing jazz orchestra act the Singapore Slingers perform at the Kessler. Dessert and champagne come with tickets.

For a very psychobilly new year: The Reverend Horton Heat plays at Gas Monkey Live.