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 http://www.cltcentral.com)
Wednesday, Feb. 26
FROLIC: The Social Climb A Boss Lady Collaboration @SIP 5th & Tryon Streets, Uptown Charlotte Live Jazz & R&B, Hot DJ, Relevant Crowd, Sexy Vibe Rendezvous: 6 pm – 11 pm Featuring The Shades of Brown Trio and DJ Flemingo on the Turntables. Get your tickets now: www.talkofthetownent.com
Thursday, Feb 27
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HEAVEN @ Blue Restaurant 8 pm – 2 am the Official Thursday Night Hot Spot – ON FIRE! Volume 8: GROWN, FLY & BACKLESS! Featuring DJ 06 at 8pm, and The Let It Flow Band at 11 pm Voted the #1 Thursday Night Event each year by of party goers near and far. Thursday night at Blue Restaurant sets it off by providing the best atmosphere, the hottest djs, the livest band, and the flyest crowd in town! www.talkofthetownent.com
Friday, February 28
Party with a Purpose. Come dressed to impress, walk the red carpet, and enjoy this night of partying to help a great cause. All proceeds will benefit A Child’s Place, which supports and raises awareness about child homelessness in the African-American community in Charlotte. Music by DJ Mark, and a photographer will be on hand. Ages 30 and older preferred. Brought to you by Rudy and Natalie Brown, Ramona Halloway, Dirty Eight Productions, and BLT Steak. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $50 in advance; $60 at the door; private tables available. BLT Steak, at The Ritz-Carlton, 110 N. College St., achildsplace.org/partywithapurpose.
Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1
The Official DAY Party HEADQUARTERS – TURNED UP The 12 Hour DAY Party Is BACK By Outrageous Demand! Time: 12p – 12a NC MUSIC FACTORY (The Bottom Rim of Uptown) 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte, NC LEVEL 1: The Saloon LEVEL 2: The Comedy Zone 2 Levels, 4 DJs (Shakim, Flemingo, Big Cutz, and a Special Surprise DJ), Heated Patio, 40 Screens, Live Entertainment, Food ALL DAY/NIGHT, Great Food, Good Service, Drinks Flowing, Bottles Popping! RESERVE YOUR TABLE TODAY! Celebrity Late Night Parties Starting at 10pm – 2:30 am — This Party Doesn’t Stop!. Get your tickets now: www.talkofthetownent.com
Saturday, March 1
Top Shelf Comedy Tour: Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J and More @ Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte, NC Sat, Mar 1, 2014 08:00 PM Artists scheduled: Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Gary Owen and Dominique. www.ticketmaster.com
THE MIXTAPE WITH THE MAGNIFICENT DJ JAZZY JEFF + SKILLZ. SATURDAY MARCH 1, 2014 There Is A Limited Number Of Tickets For This Intimate Event! The Mixtape with The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff + Skillz. X Night Club (formerly Butter) 950 NC Music Factory Blvd Charlotte, NC. 9 pm-2 am Tables: Nour: 973.873.0133 Opening set by DJ 360 Advance Tickets: www.themixtapejazzyjeff.eventbrite.com
And remember: The CIAA men’s and women’s 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.