Straight No Chaser singer Jasper Smith predicts the group’s a cappella New Year’s Eve performance at the Mesa Arts Center will be extraordinary.
“This is the last show in our tour, so we are going to pull out all of the stops,” Smith says.
Founded at Indiana University, Straight No Chaser has spent the year on its “Back in the High Life Tour,” pushing the deluxe edition of the album “Social Christmasing,” which features “Celebrate Me Home” with Kenny Loggins and “Christmas Show.”
The newest member of Straight No Chaser, Smith describes the shows as “having a little bit of something for everyone. There are all kinds of genres, from ’40s/’50s all the way to Dua Lipa.”
The performances are just as special for Straight No Chaser as they are for fans. In mid-November, a Texas audience member shouted, “I missed you!”
“(The concerts) speak to the connection we have with the fans,” he says.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 8 p.m., tickets start at $90, mesaartscenter.com
Straight No Chaser is among several entertainers ushering in the New Year around the Valley. Here are other ways to celebrate the end of 2021 and what’s to come in 2022.
Linger Longer Lounge
Uptown Phoenix’s Linger Longer Lounge is offering a block party-style evening with two performance areas featuring Meet the Sun, Citrus Clouds and Bee Bohannon. DJs include Layton, Jules Quimby and Jake Stellarwell. The evening will end with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
6522 N. 16th Street, Suite 6, Phoenix, 8 p.m., $24 before December 14, $35 between December 15 and December 31, lingerlongerlounge.com
Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Special with Leslie Odom Jr.
Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. lends his pipes to the Phoenix Symphony. Best known for his role as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” he will blend classics, pops and surprises to keep attendees glued to their seats.
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $44, phoenixsymphony.org
Sublime with Rome
Reggae rockers Sublime with Rome hit the Marquee stage for two nights, including December 31, to ring in 2022. Special guests include Phoenix’s Katastro and The Irie on December 30, and Katastro and Spray Allen on December 31.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 8:30 p.m., tickets start at $50, luckymanonline.com
Relentless Beats and Global Dance present Decadence Arizona, also for two nights, December 30 and December 31. The epic lineup is Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Bijou, Chris Lake, DJ Snake, Gem & Tauri, Kaskade, Madeon (DJ set), Martin Ikin, Nora En Pure, Purple Disco Machine and Seven Lions on December 30 and Alan Walker, Destructo, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), Dillon Francis, Excision, Fisher, Gordo, Lost Kings, Loud Luxury, Marshmello, Sonny Fodera and TV Boo on NYE.
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 5 p.m., tickets start at $200, relentlessbeats.com
“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & The Therapy Continues”
Comedian Peter Fogel brings his one-man show to the Herberger Theater Center from December 29 to January 30, including New Year’s Eve. On stage, Fogel shares crazy holiday memories while bringing to life a multitude of hilariously eccentric characters.
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, 8 p.m., tickets start at $69.50, herbergertheater.org