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

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I’m no weather girl, but I can tell you that my weather app says it’s supposed to actually be nice this weekend. And there are a lot of fun events in the nightlife forecast, regardless of the weather. Such as…


Oklahoma Benefit Concert at IceHouse SouthEnd (2100 South Blvd.): A benefit concert with local brews, local DJs and local bands, including Trial by Fire, a Journey tribute band. There also will be a cornhole tournament with a $100 prize. 6-11 p.m. Free, with a portion of bar proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.

The Improv Comedy Playoffs with the Charlotte Comedy Theater at Wet Willies in the NC Music Factory (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.): Comedy as sport, with comedians facing off in original improv games. Round 2 starts at 8 p.m. Friday, and the championship round is 8 p.m. Saturday. $10 per show. 803-548-6824.

Stop Light Party at Whisky River (210 E. Trade St.): Plan your wardrobe based on your relationship status during Socialflockers’ singles night out event. Wearing red means “taken”; green means “go ahead and talk to me, I’m single”; and yellow is like “it’s complicated” on Facebook, I guess. 8-11 p.m. No cover. 704-502-7629.

Christmas in July at Strike City (210 E. Trade St.): They’re decking the halls and bowling alley with holiday-themed games and prizes, and there will even be an appearance by Santa. 9 p.m. Free. 704-716-9300.


Beanstock Music Festival at Beantown Tavern (130 Matthews Station St., Matthews): Two stages, lots of musicians – Kevin Marshall Band, Charlyhorse Band and The Barflys, to name a few – on a mission to raise money for a local family whose home was destroyed in a fire. There will be a clambake, too. Noon-1 a.m. Donations suggested. 704-849-2023.

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