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Whether you plan to spend the last day of 2013 watching live performances at Universal CityWalk, downtown Long Beach or on Catalina Island, expect your celebration to be loud and lively as music devotees crowd plazas and concert halls to greet a new year. Los Angeles’ events calendar is jam-packed with a wide variety of options, ranging from family-friendly performances to adult-only functions. Extending the gamut of dramatic emotion from pop and jazz to funk and hard rock, here are a few crowd-pleasing concerts in L.A. that promise to welcome 2014 on the right musical note.

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The Goo Goo Dolls
The House Of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-5100
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 10 pm
www.houseofblues.com

This New Years Eve, celebrate in style with The Goo Goo Dolls. The band recently released their new album “Magnetic” so the show is sure to be a great performance of new as well as more known older tunes. For tickets, choose between a general admission/standing only ticket or a VIP Pre-Show Dinner Package + ticket where you’ll enjoy your choice of appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks as part of your entrance fee.

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New Year’s Eve with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 449-2100
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 8 pm
www.civicartsplaza.com

In celebration of its 20th year keeping alive the upbeat sounds of the 1930s and 1940s, this still-popular swing revival band will take music lovers into the new year with its latest album, “Rattle Them Bones.” The California-based group is known for playing at the Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show to later perform alongside such notable symphony orchestras as Los Angeles Philharmonic. One of the nine-member ensemble’s greatest contributions to the swing genre was its 2009 release of “How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway,” a well-received tribute to the late jazz singer. The much-anticipated concert will be held in the Fred Kavli Theatre.

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Borgore
Hollywood Palladium
6215 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-7600
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 pm
www.livenation.com

If you want to welcome in 2014 while listening to pounding dubstep bass lines and participating in sexually-charged EDM theatrics, a Borgore concert is one to experience. A former member of an Israeli death metal band, the celebrity DJ’s music choices and performances ooze with the macabre and edgy shenanigans. Borgore is recognized for sharing his stage with celebrity guests, including recording artist Miley Cyrus, who provided backup vocals on the showman’s 2012 single “Decisions EP.” His label, Buygore Records, has brought fame to such dubstep-fusion artists as Document One, Marco Del Horno and Rusko.

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Carnival at the Hall: New Year’s Eve with Sergio Mendes and Sheila E.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 7 pm and 10:30 pm
www.laphil.com

Latin music enthusiasts will salute the new year with the funky tunes of bossa nova when musician Sergio Mendes commands the stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The energetic pianist will be joined in concert by celebrated pop percussionist Sheila E. in a performance that will feature a host of accomplished Brazilian dancers. At age 72, and with more than 55 releases to his credit, Mendes remains the undisputed master of pop-inflected Brazilian jazz. Sheila E.’s more notable collaborations include Prince, Lionel Richie, Hans Zimmer, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and José Feliciano.

Related:Best Places To Discover New Music In Los Angeles

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Jane Monheit
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-2210
Date: Dec. 27-31, 2013 at 8:30 pm
www.catalinajazzclub.com

A jazz and contemporary adult vocalist, Jane Monheit has released a total of seven albums and two DVDs. The sultry singer, pianist and clarinetist has been the featured performer at a number of internationally broadcast holiday observances, including Christmas at the White House, National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth. In addition to performing in major venues the world over, Monheit provided the voice for the song “Over the Rainbow” in the movie “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Monheit will be joined on stage by her touring band.

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New Year’s Eve with KIX
Whisky a Go Go
8901 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-4202
Date: Dec. 31, 2013 at 9 pm
www.whiskyagogo.com

The hard rock band that rose to fame back in the 1980s will leave ears ringing when it helps the world-famous Whisky a Go Go usher in a new year. The popular band reached success in 1 988 when its release “Blow My Fuse” achieved platinum status. Kix will end 2013 with a total of seven studio albums, three compilations and two live albums on its applause-worthy list of credits. The group is regarded as being one of the nation’s more powerful rock ensembles to see in a live concert. Kix has performed at a number of top music festivals nationwide and is set to headline the Monsters of Rock Cruise in 2014. Tickets to its New Year Eve’s show are priced at $40.

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Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to Examiner.com.