Zac Brown Band at The Chelsea
The country group, set to play the national anthem for college football’s title game on January 8 at Atlanta’s 71,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium, closes out its 2017 schedule in more intimate environs: the Cosmopolitan’s 2,500-cap Chelsea. We’re guessing no one will take a knee during that one. December 29, 8 p.m., $100-$200. –Spencer Patterson
Four bands at Bunkhouse Saloon
The Vegas pop-punks of Rayner are sending out 2017 with a three-date New Year’s weekend mini-tour alongside Salt Lake City’s Problem Daughter. It begins Downtown—with locals No Red Alice and Jesse Pino—before moving on to California cities Pomona and San Diego. December 29, 8 p.m., $10. –Leslie Ventura
Happy Earth Market Costume Party at New Orleans Square
It can be difficult to find activities for the whole family on New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas, but the Happy Earth Market is hoping to spread some festive cheer to everyone this holiday season as the eco-friendly collective celebrates its launch. Happy Earth’s local entrepreneurs are on a mission to create a community with its ecological footprint in mind, while helping other Vegas-based businesses grow and thrive. Meet the folks behind the Market as they usher in the New Year with an all-day party featuring live reggae from Jamaican singer Stan Rankin T, a drum circle, craft booths, vendors, food trucks and more. Everyone’s encouraged to arrive in costume, so now’s your chance to bust out those Halloween threads one more time—or create something new—before officially saying so long to 2017. December 30,11 a.m.-9 p.m., free, 900 Karen Ave. #D-102. –Leslie Ventura
Duran Duran at The Chelsea
Duran Duran lives, and lives, and lives. The venerable English band has survived just about every music industry pitfall you can name: changing trends, the loss of founding members (though most have returned to the fold) and even the slow disappearance of the music industry itself. (Au revoir, MTV.) And through it all, the Birmingham blokes who gave us “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Ordinary World,” “Notorious” and many other pop gems have stayed the course, making new music and touring as if the 1980s never ended. And the funny thing is, when Duran’s onstage, it’s kinda like they never did. The band’s 2015 album Paper Gods successfully melds its New Wave DNA with recent pop trends—oh, hi, Mark Ronson—and Duran Duran brings an energy to live performances that makes you forget just how long it has been doing this. December 30, 8 p.m., $148. –Geoff Carter
Golden Knights vs. Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena
Here’s a cool way to hit the Strip on the last day of 2017 without hassling with New Year’s Eve shenanigans: Close out the calendar with a hockey matinee. The (presently) 48-point Golden Knights will try for some revenge against the 45-point Maple Leafs, who defeated Vegas 4-3 in a shootout back on November 6 in Toronto. Beating the Knights in their own building will be a tougher task; Vegas has lost just three times at T-Mobile Arena all season and comes into this one riding a four-game home win streak. At press time, select tickets were still available on Stubhub from $75.
If that’s too pricey and/or you don’t wanna risk being anywhere near the Strip on 12/31, you can catch the Knights in action on December 28 … without having to travel to LA for the team’s clash with the Pacific Division rival Kings. The puck drops on Topgolf’s official watch party at 7 p.m., and it’s free and open to fans of all ages. The game will be broadcast on a 48-foot screen, so try not to flinch when Shea Theodore sends a body check in your direction. December 31, 12:30 p.m. –Spencer Patterson
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