Near and far, Phish heads across the country and around the world will be flocking to Miami for the 2015 edition of the band's annual New Year's Run.
Followers of the foursome have found themselves spending the past few years' NYE at Madison Square Garden. And yes, traveling to South Florida (all the way to the tip!) can take a little extra time and effort. But Miami music venues are gearing up to pack your nights with jams, long after the official Phish party has ended.
Here are your best options for keeping things going late into the night and even till sunrise. With a little planning, you can catch all five of these shows and your trip to the tip will be a jam-packed musical adventure.
Heavy Pets' New Year's Eve. 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Will Call, 700 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. On New Year's Eve, after you grab a burrito from Shake Down Street, shuffle over to Will Call to catch The Heavy Pets. Not only will you have a belly full of Tex-Mex goodness, but your heart and soul will be filled to the brim with the Pets' signature blend of funk and blues. You'll have plenty of time to get to downtown Miami's best late-night bar before things start getting crunchy. The party starts a minute before midnight and it won't stop till the sun comes up.
Bobby Lee Rogers Trio and Roosevelt Collier. 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1, at Railroad Blues, 30 NE 14th St. Miami; 786-516-3393; railroadbluesmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. If you can't swing tickets to the main event with Trey Anastasio and company, boogie over to Railroad Blues for four days of post-Phish shows. The afterparty overload begins with the Main Squeeze and Bobby Lee Rogers Trio on NYE and Roosevelt Collier on New Year's Day, followed by another two nights as the jam rambles into the weekend.
Particle. 11 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 18 and up. Looking for something a bit more far out to kick off 2015? Look no further than Particle, who will send your funky behind grooving into orbit after Phish launches you into space on NYE and New Year's Day.
Touchpants' New Year's Eve. 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, and Thursday, January 1, at Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Admission is Free. Ages 21 and up. Jon Fishman, the drummer of Phish, presents Touchpants, his side project with Colby Dix, Chris Friday, and Aram Bedrosian. They'll be playing two free shows on consecutive nights at Blackbird Ordinary. And yes, this raunchy musical comedy band performs while sitting on toilets. But it'd be lazy to label the band's brand of musical comedy as "crude bathroom humor," because this is high-level scatalogical stuff. Just consider the word "cump." That's Friday's own creative term for having an orgasm while taking a shit. You see what we mean... These guys could write their own dictionary of foul four letter words. And play rad music while doin' it.
Unlimited Devotion, Crazy Fingers, Kung Fu, and the Motet. 10 p.m. Friday, January 2, and Saturday, January 3, at Railroad Blues, 30 NE 14th St. Miami; 786-516-3393; railroadbluesmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Feeling a little low that the Phish's New Year's Run is coming to a close? Poppycock! Just keep the party goin' by heading back to Railroad Blues. On Friday, Unlimited Devotion and Crazy Fingers will be celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead, while Kung Fu and the Motet hold down the Saturday shift.
Dopapod and New Mastersounds. 11 p.m. Friday, January 2, and Saturday, January 3, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 to $25 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 18 and up. Last, but in no way least, Dopapod and New Mastersounds will be tearing things up at Grand Central. Don't miss this show (two chances here, people!) because these bands will be playing interlocking sets. That means the music never stops. It is going to go on forever. Or at least until the sun comes up.
-- C. Townsend Rizzo
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Phish: New Year's Run 2015. Wednesday, December 31, to Saturday, January 3. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The shows start at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $75 to $250 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. All ages. Call 786-777-1000, or visit aaarena.com.