Happy New Year, everyone! And now that we’ve safely crossed the threshold into the new year, why not take a look at how we got here. From fancy dinners to quiet nights at home, from dressed up to dressed down, and from big concerts to small parties, WNC rang in 2014 right.
The local band, fronted by Erika Jane Ferraby, put on a free show at Hotel Indigo.
Westville Pub was overflowing with locals and dedicated fans looking to kick off 2014 with some foot-stomping Americana from The Honeycutters, one of Asheville’s most well-loved country roots bands.
Not to be outdone by New York City, Asheville is about to introduce its own Beer City version of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. The ever-innovative folks at Thirsty Monk will ring in 2014 by dropping a decorated and illuminated beer keg down a 20-foot cast-iron pole at the stroke of midnight at the brewery’s newest location in Biltmore Park.
Will you kick off 2014 in your PJs (no judgments, we promise), on the dance floor, or at an intention-setting ceremony? Will the coming year be more about soul? Or perhaps it’s your time to rock ’n’ roll. Whatever your preference, Xpress here rounds up some top options to launch your next circuit around the calendar.
Are you trying to decide what to do for New Year’s Eve? If you want to buffer your midnight toast with a good meal, several local bars and restaurants are serving up interesting eats along with liquid cheer. There is even an Asheville-style take on the Times Square ball drop for those who are in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary.
Pre-game with two local shows: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (pictured), The Mantras and Molly Parti at Pisgah; Total War, Albert Adams, Taylor Rogers and Decent Lovers at the Lab.
It’s not too early to make plans for New Year’s Eve. After all, it’s just one week away. Asheville Free Media will continue it’s New Year’s tradition with a dance party at DeSoto Lounge. Poster image by Nathanael Roney.
A short essay in tweets and pics.
With only hours to spare, here are a handful of last-minute options for ringing in 2012.
If you’re still trying to decide to where to spend the final moments of 2011 and the first moments of 2012, here are are few additional options (including the Shane Pruitt Band, pictured here, who play Pisgah Brewing).
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Still looking for the perfect dress? Xpress found three at local downtown Asheville boutiques. Iman Payne models them at The Marketplace. Photos by Bill Rhodes.
A round up of the Dec. 31 happenings around the area. Know of more shows, parties and extravaganzas? Add them in the comments field.
Photo courtesy ExploreAsheville.com.
Xpress has an extensive roundup of New Year’s Eve events in the Dec. 29 issue (if you’re in downtown Asheville, you may even be able to find it on newsstands as early as this evening) but here are more options, including early events (French Broad Brewery, French Broad Chocolate Lounge), a two-venue event put on by Asheville FM, an underground music explosion, and a dinner-plus-party at Pack’s Tavern.
Xpress will have a full New Year’s Eve roundup in next week’s issue, but here are a few more events worth considering. A special In Plain Sight show at BoBo Gallery and a benefit show at The Get Down are on the list.
New Year’s Eve in Asheville, as chronicled by a sampling of tweets carried on Mountain Xpress’ #AvlNYE Twitter feed.
*NEW EVENTS ADDED!* Here’s our New Year’s Eve roundup for Asheville-area events.
Strapped for cash but still looking for more New Year’s Eve excitement than Times Square via your soon-to-be-obsolete analog TV? WNC offers plenty of budget-friendly options when it comes to singing “Auld Lang Syne” and sipping bubbly.