Greet the new year with live music

SUSSEX COUNTY. Groups to play Grateful Dead and Rage Against the Machine hits on local stages Saturday.

| 22 Dec 2023 | 09:00

An electrifying lineup of live music events promise to start your new year right.

Friday, Dec. 29

E-Squared will deliver a unique blend of covers and originals that span the musical spectrum from Smokey Robinson to Maggie Rogers starting at 6:30 p.m. at Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta.

Part-Time Custodian will host its EP release party, offering an energetic performance at the Stanhope House, 45 Main St., starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The Poor Horseman offers a nostalgic trip through Sussex County’s country music history at 7 p.m. at McQ’s Pub at Lake Lenape, 165 Andover Sparta Road, Newton.

The Foster Children will captivate the audience with a night of fun tunes starting at 8 p.m. at Brick & Brew, 27 Route 23, Franklin.

At 9 p.m., end your Friday by stepping into the limelight for a night of karaoke at O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill, 271 Spring St., Newton.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Enjoy your afternoon starting at 4 p.m. at Angry Erik Brewing, 2 Camre Drive, Newton, where Brian McLoughlin will enchant the audience with his acoustic rock tunes.

DnA will take the stage at 6 p.m. at Mountain House Tavern & Grill, 19 Route 206, Branchville, offering a fusion of indie pop and singer-songwriting tunes.

The Glenwood, 2 Vernon Crossing Road, Vernon, welcomes back Chris Reali at 6:30 p.m. performing acoustic Americana.

Celebrate the music and community of the Grateful Dead with Diamond Eye Jack bringing the essence of the ‘70s-era Dead to life at 7 p.m. at Milk Street Distillery, 1 Milk St., Branchville.

Know Your Enemy, a Rage Against the Machine tribute band, will rock the house at 7 p.m. at the Stanhope House. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Stage Freight takes the stage for a fun night of captivating melodies at 8 p.m. at Brick & Brew.

At 9 p.m. Jeiris Cook will treat the audience at O’Reilly’s to acoustic and classic rock selections.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Start your New Year’s Eve celebration early at Angry Erik Brewing, with a performance by Evolution at 2 p.m.

Or usher in the New Year at McQ’s Pub, where its New Year’s Eve Party with Cat Treats featuring Mike Fancher promises a night of groovy tunes and festive fun!

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Head back to McQ’s to catch Sean Henry’s weekly acoustic performance starting at 5 p.m.

Or kick off 2024 with Danny C’s second annual Hangover Ball with the Harrisons at 5 p.m. at Blue Arrow Farm, 86 Glenwood Road, Pine Island, N.Y. There will be prizes for the best hangover costume and a lively dancing crowd.

Thursday, Jan. 4

Open mic night will provide a platform for local talent to shine at 6 p.m. at Homestead Rest, 294 N. Church Road, Sparta. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m.

Chris Fantasia will bring his blues and shred guitar expertise to Krogh’s at 6:30 p.m. for a night of rock, blues and punk.

At 7:30 p.m. at Brick & Brew, enjoy “Anything Goes” night with JP of PS Xperiment. It features an open mic, karaoke and a solo acoustic performance.

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