Last Band Standing IV
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Goat Radio, Digibot, the Motorz, the Arge and DJs Bob & Bootsy vie for the coveted LBS title in this annual test of musical endurance.
Madison Marimba Quartet
Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Bldg., 1 pm
The ensemble presents its annual free concert for local citizens starved for entertainment in the cultural wasteland between Christmas and New Year's. It's fun for the whole family, with a range of classical, jazz and holiday music arranged for the group's unconventional instrumentation.
Arturo Sandoval & His Mambo Mania Big Band
Overture Center's Overture Hall, 8 pm
The great Cuban jazz trumpeter has prodigious range, from bebop to salsa to mambo to languid blues. He's also got four Grammys under his belt.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
The Milwaukeeans' roots rock will always have an audience in their home state. It's not quite New Year's Eve, but who cares? It's definitely a party. GB Leighton opens.
Escape Java Joint & Gallery, 8 pm
Pedersen takes a boho-rock approach to the throat-singing style developed by Tuvan nomads. The show is being recorded for future release.
The Love Monkeys
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
After a decade and a half of playing light pop, rock and reggae to appreciative Wisconsin audiences, Love Monkeys may qualify as the most popular cover act in the north country.
Cris Plata & Extra Hot
Harmony Bar, 9:45 pm
Plata's Tex-Mex and country are a good bet for folks looking to close out the year with something other than rock 'n' roll.
The Ottoman Empire
Annex, 10 pm
The local necromancers mean to compete for international prog-metal honors, and with the full-throated Mary Zimmer on the mike, they're apt to impress some influential neo-Wagnerians. Mirror Black, Erebus and Bourbon Breath also appear.
Supa Ranks & His Rock Stone High Power
Cafe Montmartre, 10 pm
Somehow Costa Rican-born toaster Supa Ranks is able to cope with the brutal Wisconsin winter. Must have something to do with his band's torrid dancehall beats.
High Noon Saloon, 10 pm
This big Iowa City-based dance machine hopscotches between very credible versions of Afrobeat, funk and various Afro-Caribbean sounds. Que Flavor opens.
Alliant Energy Center Coliseum, 4 pm
The venerable basketball showboats dribble into town for their annual Coliseum appearance. Expect fancy passes, trick shots and the kind of full-court comedy that never goes out of style.
Edgewater Hotel, 8 pm
MAGNET, the group dedicated to nurturing Madison's next generation of leaders, gets the New Year's party started early with a formal event featuring music by the Hometown Sweethearts.