New Year’s Eve in the Triad
New Year’s Eve is a time of reflection, realization and resolutions. It is also the night where everyone collectively cuts loose and welcomes the year to come with balls dropping and Champagne bottles popping. The Triad is the place to be this New Year’s Eve, and at YES! Weekly, we have picked a few places to highlight just in case you don’t have plans yet!
The Somewhere Else Tavern, 5713 W. Friendly Ave.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. After 39 years of supporting original music, The Somewhere Else Tavern will be closing its doors at the end of 2018. This beloved music institution will be holding a Four-day Farewell Festival, hosted by Sonni Von T, starting on Dec. 28 and ending Dec. 31. Over 30 bands will be playing across the four days including Desired Redemption, Nuclear Desolation, Fractyl Dactyl, Waitrott, Archimedes Revenge, Unhenged, and Trailer Park Orchestra. On New Year’s Eve, doors open at 5 p.m., and the first show starts at 6:15 p.m. with Milk Truck performing. Trailer Park Orchestra will close out the night at 12:45 a.m., in what will most likely be their wildest performance yet. Any musician who cut their teeth at SWET should come out and say their goodbyes to (possibly) the last SWET show ever. As always, it is all ages. Tickets for the Farewell Festival are $10 per day or $30 for all four days. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
LaRue Elm, 403 N. Elm St.
Join LaRue Elm in celebrating the last night of 2018 with a three-course dinner with a select glass of wine or cocktail and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., this New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will feature a DJ, photo booth, drink specials and giveaways. The prices for bottle service range from $130 to $250. The VIP package costs $500 and includes a private room, choice of a Champagne bottle and four appetizers prepared by the executive chef. For more information and to reserve your table, call (336) 252-2253.
The Greensboro Symphony at Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Rd.
Not into drinking or partying until midnight? Then the show at Westover Church hosted by Greensboro Symphony and Tanger Outlets Pops is the place to be. Celebrate the new year Mardi Gras-style with The Dukes of Dixieland and The Greensboro Symphony. From 8 to 10 p.m., The Dukes of Dixieland will bring Bourbon Street to Greensboro for a night of jazz, blues, Americana and ragtime. Tickets range from $12 to $46 and can be purchased at the box office (1921 Gate City Blvd.), by phone (336-335-5456 extension 224) or online at Ticketmaster.
Idiot Box, 503 N. Greene St.
End 2018 with a laugh at the Idiot Box Comedy Club, with two shows (7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.) filled with stand-up comedy and improv. The first show is an hour and a half and costs $10, and the next show will start the countdown to 2019 at 10 p.m. Tickets for the second show and countdown are $20, and includes a glass of Champagne for a midnight toast, light snacks and admission. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
Monstercade, 204 W. Acadia Ave.
Ah yes, who could forget how Monstercade celebrated the beginning of 2018? I wasn’t there, but from the posts I saw online, it was nuts. (Check out the photo and video on the Facebook page from last year and you’ll see why.) “Like last year with the ‘balls’ drop, we’ll be doing something vile to Trump,” owner Carlos Bocanegra wrote in a Facebook message. While details are still to come, Bocanegra revealed that the beloved weirdo bar would be hosting Zombie Dick’s New Year’s Cockin’ Eve. On New Year’s Day, Monstercade will also host an Improvised Music Ceremony featuring New Skin for the Old Ceremony Tralalorchestra, comprising of Liz Simmons, Justin Holm, Ezra Noble, Blakeney Bullock, Dylan Angell, and more to be announced. Holm (formerly of Iyez/Autopassion) will also be performing solo as Canonises. The cost is “pay what you will,” and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, 51 E. Fourth St.
Get fancy for 2019 with a four-course dinner at The Katharine from 5 p.m. until midnight. The first course is a choice of torchon of foie gras ($5 supplement), carpaccio of beef, hearts of romaine salad, or beet salad. The second course is a choice of porcini-dusted sweetbreads, bronzed sea scallops “tidal pool,” or honey-lacquered pork belly confit. The third course is a choice of smoked and grilled New York strip steak, roasted Joyce Farms pheasant, seared halibut, or lobster Asiatique. The dessert course offers a choice of grilled pineapple, chocolate torte, peanut butter and coconut mousse, or frozen lemon souffle. Chef Adam Barnett’s New Year’s Eve dinner menu costs $75 per person, and sommelier Christina Morris has expanded the wine list to include a wide selection of bubbles for toasting. Seating is limited, so call (336) 761-0203 to make a reservation.
The Winston-Salem Symphony at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Rd.
Celebrate the end of 2018 with the Winston-Salem Symphony for a Viennese New Year’s Eve. Guest conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the symphony with Viennese waltzes, upbeat standards, and other on-stage festivities, according to the press release. The evening will feature five of Johann Strauss’ waltzes, including “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”; favorite Broadway selections from My Fair Lady, Carousel, Singin’ in the Rain, and Bernstein’s On the Town; spicy tangos like Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” and much more. “The Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concerts are always a festive and fun way to ring in the New Year,” the press release stated. “Guests are offered party hats, noisemakers, and other party favors to ensure a spirited evening.” The concert is from 8 to 10 p.m. and tickets start at $20. To learn more about the Winston-Salem Symphony and guest conductor Sarah Hicks, visit the website.
High Point Arts Council at Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial St.
The High Point Arts Council is holding its annual Denim & Diamonds New Year’s Eve Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Vinyl Rewind will be returning to perform hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Advanced tickets are $40, which includes the price of admission, dinner, and a Champagne toast at 10 p.m. (Depending on availability, day-of tickets will be $50.) The Centennial Station cash bar will be open and featuring drink specials for the evening. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.