You can head to French Broad Brewery's New Year's Eve Party with America act Leigh Glass & The Hazards (pictured), and still be home in plenty of time for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." Local beer, local music, 6-8 p.m. Go.
The Weaverville show:
Jack of Hearts Pub has a fun night lined up, with "Jean and Don from Carolina Gator Gumbo will be joining Jackomo. ...Deborah Swanson will be teaching a short two-step lesson plus a brief waltz lesson at 8:30pm. $8 cover includes champagne at midnight and a free mask at the door." Plus, prizes for best costumes!
The cozy show:
Retro-oldtime/ragtime group Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks round out 2011 in style at BoBo Gallery. The show begins around 9 p.m. and capacity is a mere 50 revelers.
The roving show:
Remember Asheville Free Media Satellite Dance Party from last year? Well, it's back! "Some of your favorite Asheville Free Media DJs will be spinning hot tunes, so come out and party with us," says AshevilleFM. Starting at 9 p.m., "$10 at The Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge gets you in the door, with snacks and a champagne toast" and "$5 at The Desoto Lounge."
The West-side show:
Live in West Asheville and don't want to drive, what with all the maniacs on the road? Smart. Stick to Haywood Road, where one option is prog/experiemntal rockers Discordian Society at The Westville Pub. The party includes a champagne toast at midnight. 10 p.m. start time.
The birthday show:
Arcade Asheville hosts its first birthday blowout with DJ Kipper Schauer spinning from 10 p.m. on. $5 includes a champagne toast.
The free show:
The thing is, Barley's always has a good band on New Year's Eve. And they have like a zillion beers on tap, plus pizza. Cut a rug to Western swing band The Cisco Playboys from 10:30 p.m. on.