New Year’s Eve with Red Honey and friends

I’m not very good at New Year’s Eve — I can never decide what I want to do. And while I’m usually all about commitment, the idea of buying a ticket and seeing out the old/in the new in a single venue is seriously daunting. To make matters worse, there are always at least a dozen shows and parties happening around Asheville that sound too good to pass up, but driving from one to another on the most alcohol-saturated night of the year? No thanks.

This year, I let fate decide. Or circumstance. I met friends for hors d’oeuvres at The Imperial. The plan was to head over to the River Arts District for Hank West’s secret party in the Wedge Building. I hear it verged on epic. But as the night wore on, traffic grew more intimidating and my friends with a warm car decided to call it an early night, I realized the smart thing to do was stay downtown.

What to do? I saw a tweet that Red Honey was playing at Hotel Indigo, so I headed that way. Seeing a show in a hotel is kind of like a mini-staycation (though Hotel Indigo locks its lobby doors at night, so I had to wait for a hotel guest with a keycard to get inside … awkward). The bar was populated by a mix of locals and visitors, and Red Honey performed a high energy blend of originals and covers. “Jolene” was in the mix, as was a gritty post-midnight rendition of “Fight For Your Right to Party.”

Before the noisemakers and champagne flutes were passed out, the band, fronted by Erika Jane Ferraby, brought a number of guests to the stage. Andrew Scotchie (guitar/vocals) and Eliza Hill (drums) of the River Rats sat in on several songs. So did Kip Veno (vocals) of Pleasure Chest. Veno should be awarded a prize for best New Year’s Eve footware: a pair of red and black roach stompers that matched his hat.

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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