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Charlotte nightlife heats up when the sun goes down

By Brittney Cason
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Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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Mother Nature may be teasing us with spring, but according to Charlotte nightlife, things really heat up when the sun goes down. And with the sun staying up later, it’s that time of year to get outside, or just get out. Here are some suggestions for doing that this weekend.


Totally Free Fridays at FireWater Restaurant and Lounge (8708 JW Clay Blvd.). Recently under new management, this restaurant-slash-party place features free live music every Friday, not to mention half priced bottles of wine. This Friday Good Nature will be performing, and hopefully Mother Nature will finally start setting the Spring temperature because FireWater has a giant patio overlooking the lake. Randy Paul will be performing there Saturday as well. Bands at 6 p.m., DJ after 10 p.m.. No cover, 704-549-0050.

Aquavina 6th Annual Wine Festival (435 S. Tryon St.), featuring a variety of different wines, food from local vendors, and live music. 6 – 9 p.m., $30. 704-377-9911.


Fountain Plaza at the NC Music Factory (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.). Saturday is apparently International Pillow Fight Day, so Social Flockers of Charlotte are celebrating by having a massive pillow fight in the Fountain Plaza. 4-5 p.m. Free.

Suhmm’ Crunchy at Snug Harbor (1228 Gordon St.). A monthly dance party featuring one of my favorite DJs in the QC, Scott (Chaka) Weaver (Fever). $3, 18 and up. 704-333-4337

’80s Burlesque Show at Visulite Theatre (1615 Elizabeth Ave.), featuring Big Mamma D’s House of Burlesque, kicking it old school. 8 p.m. $15 advance, $18 at the door, 18 and up. 704-358-9200.


Beer Me Brew Fest at All American Pub (200 E Bland St.). Four hours of beer sampling while jamming out to Bling Crosby and The Daniel Sarjeant Project. 1-5 p.m. $20. 704-370-2000.

Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio – mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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