It's hard to believe 2013 is right around the corner. Hopefully we'll bypass the Mayans' predictions of a catastrophic demise, which will give us plenty of cause to celebrate. (Woo hoo! Yay for life!) Check out Creative Loafing's compilation of New Year's Eve parties and make your plans now. Cheers!
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First Night Charlotte WBTV's family-friendly, alcohol-free community celebration of the New Year features activities for children, music (Dynamo, Fireman Jim and DJ Drex's Dance Party) and more. 12 p.m.-11:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.charlottecentercity.org.
New Year's Eve with Widespread Panic Live performance by Widespread Panic. Doors open at 7 p.m. $65 and up. 9 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-688-9000. www.timewarnercablearena.com.
John Tosco's 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Variety Show Host John Tosco (founder of Tosco Music Party) returns to the McGlohon Theater with another family-friendly variety show in the spirit of The Ed Sullivan Show. This New Year's Eve celebration will feature comedy, dance, music and other entertainment. $20.12. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The Grand New Year's Eve at 5Church Celebrate New Year's Eve by tantalizing your tastebuds at 5 Church. Chef Jamie Lynch has prepared a lavish menu for the occasion. First seating at 5:30 p.m. ($85) includes a four-course menu (with choices for each course) and a glass of champagne. Second seating at 9 p.m. ($150) includes a four-course menu (with choices for each course), a premium beverage package, post-dinner dancing with DJ Edward Shouse, a live countdown of the ball drop, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. A portion of proceeds will benefit Levine Children's Hospital. $85-$150. 5 Church, 127 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-919-1322. www.5church.com.
Diamonds In the Sky New Years Eve Bash The all-inclusive party features beer, wine and liquor drinks, a buffet with a carving station that includes seasoned steak, rosemary chicken, pasta entrees, and more. In addition, there will also be a photo booth, champagne toasts and a guest DJ. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-374-1700. www.dixiescharlotte.com.
New Year's Eve Celebration at The Westin Two ballrooms, two themes, and two DJs. The "Venetian" ballroom features Top 40 and pop; The "La Rumba" ballroom features Salsa and Merengue. Upgrade to VIP for hors d'oeuvres, champagne fountain, and exclusive V.I.P lounge. 9 p.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., Charlotte. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nyecharlottenc.com.
New Year's Eve Happy Endings The New Year's Eve party featuring Ciroc Boyz's DJ Quicksilva (DMV) with DJ Shaun Nyce. $20 -$35 (singles); $35-$70 (couples). 9 p.m. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-375-0733. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bluegoosenc.com/nyecharlotte/ or www.thesolkitchen.com..
Roaring in 2013 The '20s themed party includes three top-shelf drinks (courtesy of Carolina Nightlife), a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and a DJ. $25 and up. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-358-4244. www.prohibitionclt.com.
Rich & Bennett's NYE Bash The party features beer, wine, liquor and champagne, hand-passes appetizers, a balloon drop, party favors, multiple DJs, and three-levels of space. General admission, V.I.P, private room and table service available. For more information, visit www.rockhouseevents.com. $55-$100. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-375-8765. www.phoenixcharlotte.com.
Back To the Future Bash The venue features two levels with multiple dance floors, four bars, a heated patio and retro arcade. DJ Jody plays '80s and '90s retro dance mixes, from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Special celebrity guest MC will be hosting the countdown. Confetti blast and champagne toast at midnight. Table reservations and bottle service available. $15-$30. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
New Year's Eve at RiRa The New Years Eve party at the Irish Pub features live music by Crashbox. $10. 10 p.m. RiRa Irish Pub, 208 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-333-5554. www.rira.com.
A Night in Paris Six Figure Entertainment presents this NYE party with food, drinks and entertainment. $10 and up. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-332-2440. For more information or to purchase tickets and V.I.P/table packages, visit www.sixfigureentertainment.com.
Suite hosted its Die Another Day Party on - when else? - Dec. 21. (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
Culture Initiative held its four-year anniversary party at AKA Creative on Dec. 15, 2012. "Found" challenged artists to submit work created from found objects. (Photos by Lucky Austin)
Amped 4-a-Cure hosted DJ Girl 6 on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
Sometimes, places don't need a theme... (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
Label night club at the N.C. Music Factory has been trending in Charlotte since the doors opened in
October. Particularly so, since the other hip dance club nearby, Butter, recently closed its doors. I finally
seized free time to make a visit last Saturday night and aim to report my experience here... at least, what I recall of said experience. I believe I retained the important stuff.
The charming Nick Spain, managing partner and snazzy dresser, gave me the grand tour and explained the present state and future plans of the hot spot. Label boasts an open set-up and lavish ambiance with some unique amenities to the Charlotte scene. The lights and sounds rival any club I've been to in the country, and Label solicits world class DJ's for their peaks nights. A separate lounge providing a relaxed vibe is located on the backside of the main room. VIP areas are available both in the thick of the action, or removed from the ubiquitous crowd elbows and drink spills on raised platform areas. Patrons who cop for bottle service and VIP treatment have access to their own bar and bartenders, along with scantily clad cocktail servers.
The crowd was eclectic and fancy, and nearly every employee looked like they could be in a bra or boxer brief advertisement. The well-appointed women's restroom alone was worth the cab fee to get there, complete with ample stalls for lady business (FINALLY a drinking establishment that gets it!) and a lounge area with a primping station separate from sinks. We celebrated this by having a toilet runway show:
Additions to come include a second level mezzanine for additional VIP tables and lounge space, in order
to open floor space on the lower level for dancing. The outdoor patio, currently under construction will be open in the Spring and will be a phenomenal place to enjoy a drink outside and creep on concerts are the amphitheater.
I woke up the following morning still in leather legging prison, with a violent hangover, a horrifying contusion on my left butt cheek, and no wallet, but I'd say all in all the trip to Label was worth it. It is undoubtedly the kind of night life experience that you can expect to find in larger cities like New York and Las Vegas, right here in our Queen City.
Label Night Club
900 NC Music Factory Blvd, Suite B6
firstname.lastname@example.org (reservations and VIP tables)
Iron Cordoba, Dethlehem and Vulture rocked the stage at the Chop Shop for the Viking Metal Party #4: Stalking in a Winter Plunderland on Saturday, Dec. 8. (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
Even though it hasn't felt really winterish lately, the furries came out in bunches to Mez on Saturday night for a furries costume party. (Photos by Kennieth Holmes)
The 4th Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event is a shindig held on World AIDS Day, highlighting fashion and philanthropy. (Photos: Jeaumane McIntosh)