Carolyn Fagan is a writer. After spending a life in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, she is eager to explore everything inside of and around Asheville.
For Live Music: (*Ticket price is displayed as advanced, day of)
Salvage Station: New Year's Eve Party ft. Laura Reed, Santos Glocal Soul, & DJ Dr. Get Right. Tickets: $8, $10. Music starts at 7pm.
Orange Peel: Talib Kweli, RBTS, and Free the Optimus. Tickets: $30, $35. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9.
US Cellular Center: Griz, G. Jones, Papadosio, Freddy Todd. Tickets: Starting at $40. 8pm.
The Grey Eagle: Two Asheville favorites: the fun and funky Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band with rockers The Broadcast. Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 day of. 9 pm.
Odditorium: Zin Vetro, Morbids, Fashion Bath. Doors at 8pm. Music at 9.
The BLOCK off Biltmore: ReggaeInfinity from 8-11pm. After that, The BLOCK will have a salsa-spinning DJ. $10 for the 8-11pm show, $5 after 11pm. Vegan food from Wadadli Desert Oasis.
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria: All-acoustic trio Rivers from 9 pm. Eat pizza, drink beer, play pool, slap a knee. Barley's never has a cover for the awesome musicians they bring in.
Asheville Music Hall: Grass is Dead. Tickets: $12, $15. Doors open at 9pm.
ISIS: The Honeycutters and John Stickley Trio. Tickets: $20. 8:30pm.
Dress Up, Dance, etc.
Buxton Hall: NYE MODern Masquerade, music from Devyn Marzuola, Mary Kelly & Alex Cartwright, and Chef Sarah Cousler. Also, photobooth with free prints. $5. Doors open at 10:15 pm.
MG Road: Hip hop dance party at MG Road. Tickets: $3, but ladies free before 10. "Nightlife attire," so no pajamas here. Party starts at 10.
Toy Boat Community Art Space: Toy Boat is having its 11th annual underground dance party, featuring Abu Disarray, Jason Scott Furr, Oskar Malinalli, Nina Ruffini, and Kent Scott. Tickets: $7, $10. Doors at 10pm.
Calypso: This new downtown restaurant is hosting multiple events. Here are your options: 4-course dinner and cocktail at 6:30pm with music from DJ Disc-oh Dave, and Carnivale dancers, $75. The second option is a five course, one cocktail prix-fix menu, at 9pm with a midnight champagne toast, DJ Disc-Oh and Carnivale dancers, $130. Finally, doors will be open at midnight for the price of $20, which covers one Caribbean cocktail.
Habitat Tavern and Commons: Delicious beer, champagne toast. DJ ElbowGrease drops beats from 10 pm on.
Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park: Keg drop. Like a ball drop, but a keg. 5pm.
Up Country Brewing: Funk music from SupaTight. Tickets: $5. 9:30 pm.
Keep it Low-Key:
Grail Moviehouse: Dress up as a Star Wars character and go see Rogue One. Or stay in your pajamas. No one will judge you. 9:45 pm showing. Tickets: $9
Malaprop's: Hit the hay early and then go check out the book sale at Malaprop's from 12pm to 5 on Jan 1st. 25% off everything...unheard of.