COCO MONTOYA, THE STATE ROOM, Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $50
When Albert King, John Mayall and Albert Collins are your major influences as a blues man, you're off to a pretty good start. Coco Montoya has spent the past several decades as an ace guitar player and developing a distinct voice that shows he's not merely a copycat of the greats, but a noteworthy artist in his own right. Expect a couple of lengthy sets for New Year's Eve, along with some special treats courtesy of The State Room boys. And be sure to check the deals with the downtown Sheraton that pairs a room with tix to the show and a ride as well.
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, THE URBAN LOUNGE, Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., $20
If you're looking for a serious dance party to ring in the new year, a little hip-hop goes a long way, and in People Under The Stairs, The Urban Lounge has one of the best indie hip-hop duos going to help you out. Hard to believe, but they've been at it for 14 years now, independently producing a series of killer albums and performing packed shows around the globe. Joining them for the party on Dec. 31 are local faves Burnell Washburn and CHASE ONE TWO, so get there early to get your moves warmed up.