When: Thu., Dec. 31 2015
New Year's Eve Parties | Thursday, Dec. 31
Various Venues, Triangle-wide—Whew, 2015 was a rough one, huh? At least the Triangle's got several dozen strong party possibilities to help you usher this year out and next year in.
The big draw in the Triangle remains FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH, the capital city's all-encompassing extravaganza that features family-friendly activities and music. This year's performers include bluesman John Dee Holeman, the Johnny Cash-covering Johnny Folsom 4 and Scythian's pseudo-Celtic jangle. T0W3RS plays First Night Raleigh with See Gulls, but catching it means venturing into the hipster sanctuary of Vintage Church (see page 29). Just catch T0W3RS a few hours later, a few blocks away at KINGS with Heads on Sticks and Wool. There's a dance party downstairs at NEPTUNES, too, and no one is going to be looking to proselytize.
Over at THE POUR HOUSE, The Love Language takes the stage after Zack Mexico and the new Faults. But if you're looking for something fancier, the North Carolina Symphony will perform its annual "New Year's Eve in Vienna" program at MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL. At Deep South, there's a retro cover band, while the THE LINCOLN THEATRE supplies the jammy BIG Something and Brillz offers big beats at THE RITZ. Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is taking the stage at SOUTHLAND BALLROOM, or you can get your ears ringing for the new year with a heavy metal lineup that features the reunion of the mighty Slugnut at THE MAYWOOD. If Top 40 tunes are more your bag, G105 takes over the SHERATON for fun with DJ Steve Wazz. Find 9th Wonder at MOSAIC WINE LOUNGE, too.
Around Chapel Hill and Carrboro, you've got a few more options. Benji Hughes brings his boogie to LOCAL 506, while a few blocks away at THE CAVE, Dex Romweber and Crash LaResh will serve up rowdy rock. Slip out of The Cave's back door and scoot over to NIGHTLIGHT, where DJs from Nightlight's monthly Persona parties will be on the decks to spin deep cuts for dancing. Mac McCaughan, meanwhile, deejays ORANGE COUNTY SOCIAL CLUB's bash, while Craig Powell promises classic soul at BOWBARR.
Between Chapel Hill and Durham, Dr. Bacon celebrates a new CD at PLAN B. All the way in Durham, THE PINHOOK—another dance party hot spot—is hosting DJs PlayPlay and Bitchcraft for its "Cheap Date Queer New Year's Eve" dance party. Head down Rigsbee to MOTORCO for some throwback jams courtesy of JFK Jr.—the cover band, not the man, long deceased. At the DURHAM ARMORY, Phonte Coleman hosts a throwdown that includes a performance by Joshua Gunn.
If you want to escape to the Triangle's borders, there are a few other options that aren't so city-centric. Have a swingin' good time at the PITTSBORO ROADHOUSE with the NC Revelers Big Band Orchestra, or dance the night away at the HAW RIVER BALLROOM's steampunk-themed Clockwork Ball. For more information on each gig, check venue websites. —Allison Hussey