Ashvegas Guide to New Year’s Eve in Asheville: Floating Action dance party, three-course meals and more

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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It’s New Year’s Eve! How did that happen? See ya, 2012!

Here’s some ideas for a good time, Asheville. Some of our listings were taken from this excellent list from Asheville Scene.

Here’s to making it count.



New Year’s Eve Family Festivities

Date: December 31, 2012

Time: 6:30 pm


Asheville JCC

Contact: Rochelle Reich

Phone: 253-0701

Email: [email protected]

So New Year’s is one of those holiday’s where it’s hard to figure out something that is fun for both your kids AND you…  we have the solution!  Join us at the first JCC Family New Year’s Eve Party!  Starting at 6:30pm, you and your kids can bounce in the inflatable, show off your dance moves, and enjoy yourself in a casual, warm environment.  Party hats and such will be provided.  Pizza/Salad dinner will be provided and then we’ll roll out an ice cream sundae bar later on.  We’ll have games and craft activities as well- AND adults may bring their own beverages of choice.  No waiting in line at a restaurant or layering up to weather the cold- come where you belong!

$45 per family (includes dinner) or $15 per person.  RSVP to [email protected].  Proceeds from this event benefit Shalom Children’s Center.


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9pm. $13 advance / $15 Day of show.

Standing room only.


Emerald Lounge: Gauche Vibrations and Circuitree Records NYE Party feat. Panther God, Samuel Paradise, Woodwork, Deflon, D: Raf

9:00 pm Cost:$6

Pisgah Brewing: Free NYE with Phuncle Sam

Inside the taproom
9:30 p.m.
Food vendor TBD

We are ringing in a new year, so get out your party hats… and save your money for the beer!! Cause this year, we are doing NYE with the grateful house band, Phuncle Sam, and the show is FREE!!

Phuncle Sam is Asheville’s own Dead~Centric “jam band”. Since their formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration. The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. They have built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.

Band Website: Phuncle Sam

Asheville Music Hall: New Years Eve Throwback Throwdown Featuring The Fritz w/ The Broadcast

$10 adv. / $12d.o.s.
Ages: 21+


Floating Action

9 p.m.$15 Tickets available at Harvest Records & Jack of the Wood

Hailing from the small mountain town of Black Mountain, Floating Action is the project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Seth Kauffman. Blending an unusual array of genres—dub, folk, blues, garage-rock, soul, reggae, gospel, bossa nova, and country—the music of Floating Action is unique in its ability to combine cross-cultural elements from various periods into one cohesive, body and mind-warming sound.

It’s music that could fit comfortably in many decades, many places, but always feels right in the moment, right now, right here. Kauffman had already released two albums under his own name, in 2006, Ting received rave reviews from critics, many of whom dubbed him a “southern-fried Beck.” In 2007, he released his first album with Philly’s Park the Van Records: Research. As on Floating Action, Kauffman recorded virtually every instrument and vocal on the albums, showcasing the breadth of his talent and the mastery of arrangement that has come to define the scope of his songs.

Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard: North Cackalacky New Year’s Eve Grand Opening

$15 ticket includes live music from Jupiter Coyote, The Foxfire and Pisgah Pickers. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Not included: Food, beer, trolley ride. Bring cash!)

Join us to celebrate the opening of our new brewery in beautiful Brevard and raise a can on New Year’s Eve to more great craft beer in 2013!

Special release beers made with local Riverbend Malthouse Malts

Live music from The Foxfire, Pisgah Pickers with Jeff Sipe, and a rare reunion of famed rock band Jupiter Coyote

Local food trucks include: Lowdown Southern Soul Food & Tin Can Pizzeria


Bobo Gallery. David Earl and the Plowshares. 10 p.m. $8.

The LAB. Krektones free show in the back room. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover.

5 Walnut. Shake It Like a Caveman. 10 p .m.-1 a.m.

Altamont Brewing. Northside G Gentlemen (funk and soul). 9:30 p.m., $5.

Tressa’s. All Star New Year’s Eve Jam. Complimentary champagne toast, soul food buffet, 9:30 p.m.

Westville Pub. The Honeycutters. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.


Grove House NYE


GROVE HO– — USE Entertainment Complex invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with incredible themed holiday decor’ and 3 floors of the best music and dancing in Asheville.

8pm-3am ~ $20 cover ($5 discount for members) ~ 18 and up

Three Clubs, One Price! Club Eleven ~ Scandals Nightclub ~ BOILER ROOM

Includes…Balloon drops in all 3 venues w/over $1,000 in cash & prizes!
Party Favors!
3 Floors of DJ’s!
Champagne Toast!
Heavy Hors d’oeuvres!
And…the best time of your life!

Note…the lower venue stage (BOILER ROOM) will host a drag performance every 15-minutes throughout the evening. Brought to you by the Scandals Nightclub award winning showcast! Featuring Odette Dynasty (Miss Blue Ridge Pride) as the emcee.

11 Grove Street ~ Downtown Asheville ~ 28801
505-1612 ~

The Bier Garden. New Years Eve champagne toast at midnight, DJ spinning from 10 to close, no cover.

The Orange Peel: Emancipator


plus Shigeto & Marley CarrollAges 18+
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8pmTickets: $25 advance / $30 day of show

World Championship NYE: AVL Metropoic and Club Remix

World Championship NYE : AVL

Once again in an epic journey to conquer history. A new year and a party of champions grows nigh…General athletic, super-hero, super-human, and super creature attire is encouraged.A local showcase featuring some of Asheville’s finest including.

Aligning Minds
Sex Panther
Sound Pimp
Brett Rock
Bowie van Ling
Josh Hughey of Earthtone Soundsystem
Sky Walkers

Metropolis and Club Remix
$15 Presale – $25 Door

Tickets available 12/18 at


MG Road: Three courses plus bubbly for $25. “Splurge this New Year’s Eve without going broke!” Available 12/31 only from 5-9 p.m.

NYE three-course dinner at the Isis Restaurant, $38/$70

Asheville Wine Experience, Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. Wine expert Kevin Schwartz joins forces with chef Denny Trantham in a 10th-floor suite at the Hotel Indigo from 8 p.m.-midnight. Ten courses, five wines, entertainment by jazz vibraphonist Paul Babelay. Tickets $150; funds go toward scholarships for 12-to-21-year-old youths seeking culinary education. 301-2792 / 777-8916.

Pack’s TavernCountdown to 2013, two DJs, $10. Buffet dinner in upstairs Century Room, $50.

Red Stag Grill, Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village. Prix fixe four-course menu with a glass of complimentary champagne and chocolate truffles, 5:30 to midnight. $99 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Three-course prix fixe NYE dinner, $65.

December 28, 2012-January 2, 2013

Our New Year’s Eve packages include accommodations, dinner in our award-winning restaurant of your choice and one of two amazing parties!

Our “Toast to 100″ Package features Big Band melodies from the Doug Burns Band and a large dance floor to waltz and foxtrot the night away.
If a blowout event is more your style, the “Centennial Blast Off” Package includes a night of party music from Big Blast and the Party Mastersto bring in 2013 with a bang.


New Year’s Eve at TallGary’s Cantina, 4 College Street, with Asheville funky blues and soul stalwarts Mojomatic. Music from 9:30. Champagne and party favors; $5/door.

More listings here: Asheville Scene

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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