STORY WRITTEN BY DUTCH GODSHALK
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Most people seem ready to put 2016 behind them.
From the year’s countless celebrity deaths, to the ongoing political and social unrest, to the tragic death of Harambe the gorilla — it’s been a taxing 12 months.
In fact, 2016 has been so saturated with distressing news that the year itself became news for many outlets.
It was still summer when Slate begged the question, “Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?” (July 22, 2016)
By fall, Buzzfeed went even further, with the Nov. 9 story, “Guys, It’s Official, 2016 Is Actually The Worst Year.”
The sentiment had been building for so long that the New Yorker felt it needed to publish a reality-check just last week: “Google searches for ‘worst year ever’ spike each December,” writer Jia Tolentino noted in the article “The Worst Year Ever, Until Next Year.”
Whether or not you agree with the many doomsday declarations about 2016, it still seems like a good idea to end the year in a joyous frame of mind.
We suggest surrounding yourself with lots of people — be them friends or strangers — in a large room, while some great live music swaddles you with positive vibes.
From mellow mood music to lively blues, to resplendent, floor-shaking rock and roll, here are some of the most promising live shows to wash away the stink of 2016.
Live music to ring in the New Year
David Wax Museum
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $13 – $15.
More information: www.johnnybrendas.com.
Where: The Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen St., Philadelphia.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Show: 8 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission: $35.
More information: www.thefillmorephilly.com.
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Mary Fahl (formerly of October Project)
Where: The Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors: 8:30 p.m. Show: 9 p.m.
More information: www.tinangel.com.
David Bromberg Quintet
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors: 8:30 p.m. Show: 10 p.m.
Tickets: Floor: $60. Mezz: $80 + fees.
More information: www.worldcafelive.com.
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West Philadelphia Orchestra
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m.
More information: www.undergroundarts.org.
Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute band)
Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.
When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors: 9 p.m. Show: 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: Advance: $26. Day of show: $32. VIP: $80.
More information: www.ardmoremusic.com.