While tens of thousands of eyes were on Phish at Madison Square Garden throughout last week, the long-running jam band wasn’t the only group with a New Year’s Eve residency in New York. Across the East River, the globe-trotting gypsy punks of Gogol Bordello returned to Brooklyn Bowl for their own four-night year-ending run.

This most recent run marked the band’s 16th time ringing in the new year onstage, with Gogol Bordello last year beginning the multi-night tradition at the Williamsburg bowling alley/concert venue. For this year’s celebration, the band brought plenty of friends with them including special guests from frontman Eugene Hütz‘s record label, Casa Gogol. Each night also showcased unique opening acts including NYC music legend Jon Spencer, Manhattan post-punk collective cumgirl8, and more.

“New York City is a city that gave me and all of us everything, you know. We are just kind of giving it back, in that sense,” Hütz told NY1 ahead of the run.

While Gogol Bordello had cause to celebrate the new year, the band members also took time to bow their heads in remembrance. Led by the Ukrainian-born Hütz and featuring members from around the world, the band has long championed the Ukrainian soldiers fighting the Russian invasion—a war now approaching its third year. Since the outbreak of the Russian invasion in February 2022, Gogol Bordello has used its platform for activism with tours raising money for humanitarian efforts and even sneaking onto the frontlines to play for the Ukrainian troops.

“That was also very powerful because it wasn’t just a gig,” Hütz told Vice News at the time. “It was a real-time collaboration. The people who are in Ukraine, especially the defenders, the fighters, are experiencing reality differently now, so any moral support goes a long way.”

As conflicts continue to wage at home and abroad, Gogol Bordello continues to offer an escape through music. By staging these four consecutive shows at Brooklyn Bowl, the band delivered a raucous sendoff to a year filled with highs and lows and also looked forward to better days ahead.

“I do want to send everybody off into the new circle around the sun in much greater spirits than we came in,” Hütz beckoned from the stage seconds before the calendar flipped to 2024.

Check out a gallery of images from Gogol Bordello at Brooklyn Bowl courtesy of photographer Ken Spielman along with some fan-shot videos. The band is off the road until March when it will play the Punk Rock Bowl festival in Las Vegas. For tickets and a full list of tour dates head here.

Gogol Bordello – Brooklyn Bowl – New York – 12/28/23 – Partial Video

[Video: Toshi Aizawa]

Gogol Bordello – New Year’s Countdown, “Start Wearing Purple” – 12/31/23

[Video: Aleksei Brylev]