The annual Big Something event will be, well, bigger this year. The North Carolina-based band typically plays a single New Year’s Eve show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.
But Big Something will deliver three very different concerts during the final week of the year.
“We decided to dig a bit deeper this time,” vocalist Nick MacDaniels says, calling from his North Carolina home. “We decided to have theme nights when we play the Lincoln Theatre.”
During the first Big Something show Friday, Dec. 29, it’s sci-fi-night. The rock band, which melds funk and electronica, will be dressed up in costume delivering science fiction-related material.
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“We’re encouraging everyone who comes out to wear something appropriate,” MacDaniels says.
It’s a Talking Heads mashup night Saturday, Dec. 30. Big Something will play their own tunes and transition into Talking Heads hits and deep cuts.
“We love the Talking Heads,” MacDaniels says. “We’ve been playing their songs for years. We’re doing a full-on tribute. We’re looking forward to weaving in and out of their songs and our songs.”
Big Something’s three-night run will be capped by what MacDaniels describes as a “fancy pants and crazy hat night.” on New Year’s Eve.
“We’re encouraging fans to dress up and wear the wackiest hat possible,” MacDaniels says. “There will be prizes. There will be boxes with a variety of items, such as autographed stuff and maybe some tickets. There will be two huge balloon drops and a champagne toast at midnight. There’s going to be a photo booth. It’ll be fun. It’ll be a party each night but the New Year’s show is going to be such a blast.”
Big Something, which has four albums worth of material, won’t repeat a song over the three nights of shows.
“We’ll have an entirely different set list each night,” MacDaniels says. “It’ll work since we’ll be playing a healthy amount of covers. It’ll be unpredictable. These are the kind of shows we love to play. We don’t have a chance to play shows like this normally so we’re going to let it all hang out.”
Big Something, which also includes bassist Doug Marshall, guitarist Jesse Hensley, drummer Ben Vinograd, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kagel and saxophonist Casey Cranford, recently finished a new album, which doesn’t yet have a title.
“It’ll be out in 2018,” MacDaniels says. “We’re excited about it but we’re not going to play any new stuff when we play the Lincoln Theatre. We’ll wait until the album comes out. We’ll have plenty to play when we start this run. We don’t want to focus on the new stuff now. We just want to have fun playing the big hometown shows. We normally play Halloween in Raleigh but we were playing a festival (in Florida). We love playing before our friends and family.”
MacDaniels, who is originally from Maryland, enjoys breaks from touring.
“It’s so under the radar here,” MacDaniels says. “The quality of life is great. We all live in the Triad. We all love it and look forward to this year-end show every year. But this year, we went above and beyond what the norm is for us.”
Fans who purchase a three-show pass will receive a commemorative laminate.
“It’s kind of a cool collectible since we have an astronaut on it,” MacDaniels says. “It’ll be something fun to help you remember an event, which is like nothing we’ve ever done. Our shows at the Lincoln Theatre will be different this year and different is good.”
Who: Big Something New Year’s Eve Run. Travers Brothership and Maradeen will open Friday; Urban Soil will open Saturday; and Dr. Bacon will open Sunday.
When: 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh.
Cost: $18 on Dec. 29 and 30 and $30 on Dec. 31. $51.25 for three-night combo