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Paid to Party: What’s new in town, plus the Panthers

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

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The first weekend of a new month is an opportune time to check out some of the nightlife spots that recently opened in Charlotte. To name a few:

The Tin Roof: A Nashville bar that has added a location in the EpiCentre (210 E. Trade St.). 704-910-1330.

La Tagliatella: An Italian restaurant and bar also new to the EpiCentre. 704-900-5555.

Fireside Bar and Grill: The newest edition to Lake Norman (19930 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius). 704-892-5001.

Sankey’s Taproom and Grille: A new bar in Matthews (11416 E. Independence Blvd.). 704-847-0464.

As for the weekend round-up:

Friday

Black at The NC Music Factory’s Fountain Plaza (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.): A 30-model runway show plus a performance by the Black Cadillacs, with live paintings by Matt Moore and Kent Youngstrom. Fashion+Rock+Art, if you will. (Shameless self-promotion: I’ll be hosting it along with Monica Palumbo). 8 p.m. $20 general admission/$50 VIP, with proceeds benefiting Amped-4-A-Cure. 704-450-1277; www.fashionrockart.com.

Sunday

The first Panthers’ regular-season home game that actually counts, so let the regular-season tailgating begin! A top pick for pregame fun is the Growler Tailgate Party to benefit Guys With Ties (at Fourth and Graham streets). Mac’s Speed Shop will provide the food, and Early Ray will provide the tunes. 10 a.m. $30 general admission/$75 VIP, with proceeds going to local charities. www.growlertailgate.com.

And, of course, there’s the WFNZ/AAA Doghouse at Mint and Morehead streets. No cover. 704-570-9610.

Monday

Speaking of the Panthers, check out the HEARTest Yard Concert featuring Billy Currington at Coyote Joe’s (4621 Wilkinson Blvd.). All door proceeds will benefit “Receptions for Research,” founded by the Panthers’ Greg Olsen to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission ($25), but VIP passes ($125) will get you in at 6 p.m. for a special concert by Uncle Kracker. 704-570-1037.

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