Friday, Dec. 31
• “Celebrate New Year’s Eve before dark at Jubilee!,” reads a release for the group’s New Year’s Eve celebration. “Tuxedo Junction will take the stage for a concert of great songs from the swing-era through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s (maybe even a few songs from the 90’s). Plenty of time to bring the family to this show and get home before dinner time. The concert will benefit Jubilee!‘s goal of helping folks stay warm this winter. Tunes from groups such as the Band, Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, B-52’s & Bee Gees. From Glen Miller to Steve Miller.” 46 Wall Street, 252-5335. 4 p.m. Free.
• Skinny Beats Drum Shop (4 Eagle Street, 768-2826) invites you to ring in the New Year and beat the cold at their indoor drum circle downtown. No experience necessary, and drums will be available onsite. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
• “The dual slide guitars of Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence,” reads the band’s bio. See for yourself as it hosts “Blues Year’s Eve” at Fairview Tavern ( 831 Old Fairview Road, 505-7236). 9 p.m.
• Westville Pub (777 Haywood Road, 225-9782) brings you the swing with The Cisco Playboys, “Asheville’s premier honky-tonk, western swing and cajun band,” according to the Playboys’ website. “We evoke the border-radio sounds of the old Texas prairie, the lonesome twang of early country and the hot jazz of western-bop.” 10 p.m.
For more (and free!) New Year’s Eve shows, go here.
Saturday, Jan. 1
• Electronic “producer and lyricist” Panthergod hosts a CD release party at the Emerald Lounge (112 North Lexington Avenue, 232-4372) with Marley Carroll, P3riph3ral, Moving Temple, Kentsoundz & DJ Gift. 9 p.m.
• “Avery County came together after two long time bluegrass sidemen decided that after many years it was time to play the music they wanted,” according to the group’s bio. “With numerous IBMA awards on their mantles after stints with The James King Band, Dan Paisley and The Southern Grass, The Country Gentlemen and numerous others, Adam Poindexter and Travers Chandler have come full circle. Forget the cliches…this is bluegrass music with timing, drive and plenty of honky tonk soul.” MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Avenue, 258-1550). 9 p.m. $5.
• The Machiavillains “are porous and possess a most multifarious art of rock,” claims their Myspace. If you’d like to know what that means, check them out at Stella Blue (31 Patton Avenue) with American Gonzos and Neckbreaker. 9 p.m.
• St. Matthias Episcopal Church presents “An Evening in Vienna,” a concert of Strauss’ waltzes and polkas performed by a 33-piece chamber orchestra. Ballroom dancers will also perform throughout the concert. 3 p.m. Donations encouraged.
• “The first Sunday of every month Malaprop’s hosts Poetrio: three poets at 3,” reads the store’s website. “Please join us for this much loved event to hear Sean Hill (Blood Ties and Brown Liquor), Tracey Schmidt (I Have Fallen in Love with the World) and Laura Newburn present some of their fine poetry.” 3 p.m. Free.