When: Sat., Jan. 2, 8 p.m. 2016
New Year’s Day falling on a Friday in 2016 means the celebrations continue all weekend. On Saturday, the local alt-folk four-piece Monarch (previously called Parable) hosts a masquerade party in honor of their new EP release. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear masks and their best New Year’s attire, and this band’s music is certainly worth celebrating. These are tight, Glee-esque choir harmonies that lyrically focus heavily on life and light and love. Instrumentation is sparse, with guitars and banjos filling in what voices don’t. Songs like “Island” show off the breezy Hawaiian spirit of the band, the place they first formed.