2019 was a year of memories, music and the best times of your life. But it’s time to say hello to 2020!
Below are our top 10 suggestions for a wide array of ways to bring in the New Year, including Grand Park + The Music Center’s annual N.Y.E.L.A., performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Los Lobos, Dita Von Teese, et al, plus crazy-fun dance parties galore.
Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A.
Free, alcohol-free and family-friendly, it’s Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. The Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra headlines this year’s event, in addition features Thee Sinseers, Banda Las Angelinas and local DJs spinning fun beats. 3D-animated projections included in the countdown to 2020, followed by a fireworks celebration. Oh yes, there will be food trucks. Grand Park and The Music Center Plaza, Hope Street to Los Angeles Street between Temple Street and 3rd Street, downtown L.A. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Free. nyela.grandparkla.org
Kristin Chenoweth at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Big talent for the LA Phil! The Tony-winning Broadway and Emmy-winning TV star Kristin Chenowith will perform twice on New Year’s Eve, singing show tunes, standards and more, special guests include Cheyenne Jackson and Shoshana Bean. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. 7 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. $68-$202. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com
Los Lobos in Montclair
These East LA hometown heroes have spent decades perfecting their eclectic, lyrical and heartfelt mix of blues, soul, rock ’n’ roll and a variety of traditional Mexican folk-music styles, perform in support of their first-ever holiday collection, “Llegó Navidad.” The Canyon – Montclair, 5060 E. Montclair Plaza, #2020, Montclair. 9 p.m. Tuesday. $48-$108; food and drink minimums apply. wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com
Dita Von Teese at the Orpheum
The night is gonna get hot! Modern burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese brings her naughty show with trademark glitz and glamour to DTLA for a sexy revue featuring some sure to be eye-popping production numbers; for ages 18 and up only. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A. 9 p.m. Tuesday. $49-$225. ticketmaster.com
Megan Thee Stallion at the Novo
Everyone loved “Hot Girl Summer” and now Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper behind one of 2019’s biggest anthems, has plenty more swagger ready to ring in 2020. The Novo, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $65. www.ticketmaster.com
‘New Year’s Eve Musical Revue’ at Santa Monica Playhouse
Back for more fun! “The Annual One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue.” This family-friendly presentation offered by Actors’ Repertory Theatre is chock full of music, comedy, audience participation and more, and a preshow buffet is included. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. 6 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. $49.50, $69.50; discounts available. (310) 394-9779. santamonicaplayhouse.com
Guided by Voices at the Teragram Ballroom
They’ve got the tunes: Guided by Voices, the veteran indie rock band founded in Ohio all the way back in the 1980s and fronted by singer-songwriter Robert Pollard, plays an all-ages show presented as a 100-song marathon of low-fi favorites culled from the band’s seemingly bottomless catalog. Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W. 7th St., downtown L.A. Tue., 7 p.m. $100. ticketmaster.com
‘Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular!’ in WeHo
Be part of a night that just kinda makes it up as they go? “Groundlings New Year’s Eve Spectacular!” featuring sketches and improv at the home of the storied comedy troupe whose famous alumni include Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy and the late, great Phil Hartman. Also included: a Champagne toast at midnight. The Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. 10 p.m. $100. (323) 934-4747. groundlings.com
Arturo Sandoval at Catalina Bar & Grill
Cuban-born jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval — a multiple Grammy winner as well as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — returns to head up the L.A. All Stars in a pair of New Year’s Eve performances. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Tue., 8:30 and 11 p.m. $100, $125; food and drink minimums apply. (866) 466-2210. catalinajazzclub.com
Poolside at the Fonda Theatre
L.A.’s “daytime disco” supergroup — including members of the Rapture, Toro y Moi and Pharaohs — is ready to set the dance floor en fuego with heavy beats and sleek guitar riffs for a party crowd alongside locals the Undercover Dream Lovers and Katzù Oso. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 9 p.m. Tuesday. $35. fondatheatre.com
KCRW’s Casino Royale 2019
Wanna pull out your James Bond best? Local radio station KCRW.FM presents this “high stakes gamble” featuring casino games, dancing and DJ sets by Jason Bentley and Kayper. The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $150. kcrw.com