The CIAA tournament is as much about the parties as it is about the hard court, as thousands of alumni from historically black colleges and universities gather for an informal reunion. Here are a few of the most anticipated events going on this weekend. (See the entire list of events at www.cltcentral.com.)
The 3rd Annual Ciroc & Bad Boy Ent DJ SNS Day Party at The Roxbury (116 W. Fifth St.). 1-7 p.m. $20 and up. Tickets: http://djsnsfridaydayparty.eventbrite.com.
The Westin Experience (601 S. College St.): The entertainment bill includes Trey Songz, Kenny Burns, DJ Kool and DJ B Barnes. The ballroom will be filled with more than 20 bars, a VIP section, free samples provided by Grey Goose Cherry Noir, a champagne fountain, personal cocktail servers, and the 30 and Up Lounge, which will give you that old and new school/R&B mix. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $45 and up. Details: 919-961-5372; www.AVelvetList.com.
Own the Night events at Urban Garden (Fifth and College streets): Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton headlines the CIAA Welcome Party, which also will feature DJ Skillz and appearances by Jermaine Dupri and comedian Tone X. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $45 and up. www.ez-tixx.com. On Saturday (same time, same place), Hamilton, DJ Skillz and Tone X are back, with Draya Michele of VH1s Basketball Wives: LA.
I Luv the 90s at the Omni Hotel (132 E. Trade St.): Headlined by DJ Jazzy Jeff, this party will be hosted by Skillz. DJ Tron will open. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $40. Details: 919-434-7492; www.eventbee.com/v/iluvthe90s.
Classics at Howl at the Moon (210 E. Trade St., third floor of the EpiCentre): Featuring Pete Rock, Young Guru and 9th Wonder. Noon-7 p.m. $30. www.classics.eventbee.com.
The Official Day Party Headquarters, Part 2 at Fox and Hound (330 N. Tryon St.): The eighth annual event will feature five DJs, live bands, 50 screens and 10 pool tables on three levels. Noon-midnight (we recommend that you show up in the afternoon). $30 and up. www.TalkofthetownEnt.com.
Mike Epps at Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd.): His stand-up show will also feature openers Doug E. Fresh and Gary Owen. 8 p.m. $45-$75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
And remember: The CIAA mens and womens finals are at Time Warner Cable Arena 5 p.m. for the women and 8:30 p.m. for the men. Without the basketball tournament, none of these other events would be possible.
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