New Year’s Eve now

Looking for the hottest New Year’s Eve party — or maybe something cozy and romantic? Lucky you: You’ve got options. Here’s a taste of what’s happening around town and in the area (check Clubland for complete listings):

Akumi (28 Wall St.; 236-2577): A club representative promises “fun and exciting live entertainment” — though the mystery band is still TBA. Call for more details. Admission is free.

Barley’s Tap Room (42 Biltmore Ave.; 255-0504): Jazz-influenced singer/songwriter Jaimee Tomas plays this casual party. Beer and pizza … need I say more? No cover, ever.

Broadway’s (107 N. Lexington Ave.; 285-0400): Get down with a DJ dance party. DJ Robin Banks & the Valedictorians spin soul & hip-hop. No charge, but you’ve got to be a member of the club.

College Street Pub (4 College St.; 232-0809): Groove to R&B and funk by West Sound. $5 cover.

Cypress Cellar (321-C N. Main St., Hendersonville; 698-1005): Peggy Ratusz & the Daddy Longlegs ring in the new year with R&B favorites. Admission is free.

Decades at Best Western (22 Woodfin St.; 253-1851): Dance band the Nightcrawlers gets the party started, with a little help from various DJs. Buffet dinner before 9 p.m. is $45 per person. Cover after 9 p.m. is $35 per couple and includes a champagne toast. Want to stay the night? A full package with a room (includes late check out and continental breakfast) runs $159.95 for two.

The Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave.; 232-4372): Asheville’s self-proclaimed funkiest band, Strut, gets a little help from DJ Tablesaw. Call for cover price.

The Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Ave.; 232-5800): This New Year’s Eve celebration includes bluegrass/Americana acts Larry Keel Experience with Curtis Burch, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Sassagrass and The Biscuit Burners. $20 gets you in. (See Smart Bets in this issue for details.)

Gypsy Moon Sofa Bar (13 Walnut St.; 232-4454): The New Year’s Eve Gypsy Party comes complete with party favors, a champagne toast and tunes courtesy of a still-TBA DJ. Call for cover price.

Hairspray (38 N. French Broad Ave.; 258-2027): Here’s the place to strut your stuff — compete for Best Dressed Couple (hey, it’s a $100 prize), check out a Cabaret Show w/ Luanna Landreth, and throw back a midnight champagne toast. Call for cover.

The Hangar at the Holiday Inn (Holiday Inn Airport, Fletcher; 684-1213): Champagne, dancing and the Sharkadelics — what more do you need? Music gets started around 9:30 p.m., cover is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Throw in a hotel stay with late check out and breakfast for $109.95 per couple.

The Handlebar (304 E. Stone Ave., Greenville, S.C.; 233-6173): Get down with some toe-sucking geek-rock provided by Southern Culture on the Skids. Special guests The Moaners and The Spinns round out the music offerings. $18 gets you in.

Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave.; 252-5445): Celebrate New Year’s Eve with hometown boys Sons of Ralph. The party includes silly hats. $10 cover.

Mo’ Jazz (48-B Commerce St.; 225-8810): Get down to MoTown sounds provided by Heavy-E. Call for cover price.

O’Henrys (237 Haywood St.; 254-1891): Asheville Angels perform drag shows at 11:30 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. $5 at the door includes party favors and, of course, the champagne toast.

The Orange Peel (101 Biltmore Ave.; 225-5851): New Year’s Revolution features tunes by Firecracker Jazz Band and DJ Sterling as well as a performance by Go Go Girlie Action. Champagne toast, party favors and breakfast buffet are included in the cover price of $18.50/advance, $25 at the door.

Panther’s Paw (111 Joel Wright Dr., Hendersonville; 696-0810): Rock out with Deacon Jones Band, playing a mix of Southern and classic rock. Party favors, hats, etc. add to the party atmosphere. Cover is $10.

Park Deli (437 N. Main St., Hendersonville; 696-3663): Tacklebox plays foot-stompin’ newgrass.

The Purple Onion (16 Main St., Saluda; 749-1179): New Year’s Eve with rocker David Childers and his five-piece band The Modern Don Juans includes a six-course meal complete with hors d’oeuvres and dessert, champagne toast and decorations. Seating starts at 7:30 p.m., show runs 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $69 per person.

Saratoga’s Cafe (2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley; 926-1448): Saratoga’s regular, Randy Flack, performs original, Southern-flavored songs. Drop by for dinner, too.

Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave.; 236-2424): Get geared up for the annual kick-ass show with The Goodies!, then top off the evening with champagne at midnight. $10 per person.

Straps (237 Haywood St.; 254-1891): Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the Leather Levi Bar Fetish Night. No cover.

Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain; 669-4808): Grammy-award-winning fiddler Bobby Hicks returns for the 23rd annual New Year’s party. Hazel Creek joins the bluegrass extravaganza. $8 at the door.

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues (28 Broadway; 254-7072): Fata Morgana hosts a New Year’s Cabaret replete with guest performers. Dance music provided by indie-pop outfit Stephanie’s Id. A balloon drop, complimentary champagne and a Soul Food Buffet round out the night. Call for ticket price.

Tribes (237 Haywood St.; 350-1195): Looking for the venue least likely to play “Auld Lang Syne”? Stop by the trance-influenced New Year’s Gathering with TOUCH Samadhi.

Vincenzo’s (10 Market St.; 254-4698): Festivities start early, at 6:30 p.m. New Year’s specials on menu. Entertainment: Chip & Irv and Haden & Kohler.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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