12/30/2011 - Weekend Planner: New Year's Eve in Asheville means parties early and late
by Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE -- If there was ever a night in 2011 go get out and celebrate with some livemusic, Saturday is probably it.
Asheville and Western North Carolina will ring out the new year with an assortment of parties and productions.
The oddest celebration could be out in Brasstown, in the far western part of the state, where the Opossum Drop always makes headlines. This no alcohol event at Clay's Corner includes music, a Miss Possum contest, and the lowering of a live possum in a Plexiglass box at the stroke of midnight.
Back in Asheville, there's an early Saturday show at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, where Brushfire Stankgrass plays at 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. French Broad Brewing, 101 Fairview Road, also has an early throwdown with the Leigh Glass Band at 6-8 p.m. There's no cover charge.
World music sensations Toubab Krewe crank it up up at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. The London Souls open at at 10 p.m. Door admission is $31.
Acoustic Syndicate and Town Mountain play Americana at 9 p.m. at The Grey Eagle Music Hall, 185 Clingman Ave. Tickets are $25 at the door.
The bands C*, Samuel Paradise and Pure Light Energy play an electronic music dance party at 9 p.m. at Adam Dalton Distillery, 251 Biltmore Ave. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Charles Walker Band does the honors with fun, blues and R&B tonight at Tressa's, 28 Broadway. The night includes a soulfood buffet, champagne toast at midnight and a balloon drop.
Arcade Asheville, 130 College St., will host a big party with the introduction of a new brew, 8-bit Ale at 5-10 p.m. and a dance with DJKipper Schauer at 10 p.m.
Discordian Society plays experimental funk at 10 p.m .at the WestvillePub, 777 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
The Firecracker Jazz Band bring some snap, crackle and pop to the scene at White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Admission is $25. The Shane Pruitt Band brings out the blues and soul at 9:30 p.m. at Pisgah Brewing, 150 Eastside Dr. in Black Mountian. Admission is $12.
Vertigo Jazz Project and One Leg Up play at 9:30 p.m. at MoDaddy's, 77 Biltmore Ave. Admission is $10 (before 10 p.m.), $15 after. The Cisco Playboys do Western swing at Barley's Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville's new Club Metropolis, 38 N. French Broad Ave., has a big dance music show tonight with PlayLow, Futexture, Marley Carroll and more. Admission is $15. The Grove House, 11 Grove St., has a beat going at its three venues: Club Eleven, Scandals and The Boiler Room. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for everyone else.
Sons of Ralph do rockin' bluegrass Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. It's a $10 cover. Yo Ma ma's Big Fat Booty Band plays at 10 p.m. at the Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave. Admission is $25.
The Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., has two parties going tonight each with a $60 admission. Big Blast and the Party Masters play in the Grand Ballroom. The Doug Burns Band headlines in the Heritage Ballroom. Both shows start at 9 p.m. Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam has a New Year's Eve event that includes a dinner party, music by the Caribbean Cowboys, a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight for $62 per person.
The Avett Brothers have taken their New Year's Eve show and moved it from Asheville to The Bilo Center in Greenville, S.C. If you buy through Ticketmaster, it's $56.95 for upper level seating and $62.10 for both floor level seating and floor standing admission.