8:30 p.m. 225 N. Caldwell St. $7-$8 at the door. www.that80sclub.com.
It's been 20 years since “Yo! MTV Raps” premiered on the influential music channel. The Breakfast Club is honoring the milestone date with a “back in the day” party. Tone Loc will perform some of his '80s classics, including “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” Arrive early for free giveaways, including gold-plated rope chains and neon glasses.
10 p.m. 204 W. Woodlawn Road. No cover. www.kisscharlotte.com.
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Kiss Lounge will have its grand opening this weekend. What's that? It's been open for weeks already? Yeah, but this is its official official grand opening. There's a difference, I swear.
Carry the torch
6:30 p.m. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. $8. www.bandtastic.com.
The Olympic torch will pass through uptown on Elevate's “Red White & Brew” bar crawl. Eight stops for $8 on 08-08-2008. Eight beers not included, but you could win a trip for two to Hawaii – almost as good as winning a gold medal in Beijing.
Luck of the Irish
Noon-midnight. Tryon Street, between Fifth and Trade streets. Free admission. www.charlotteirishsummerfestival.com.
In just a year, the Charlotte Irish Summer Festival has grown from a parking lot party at Connolly's to a street block party uptown. This year's festival will feature authentic Irish dancers, music, food, drink, crafts and games. Donations will benefit the festival's charity partner, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
3-7 p.m. Brevard Court Sundries, South Church Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Third Street. Free admission. www.704events.com.
OK, so it's only a preseason game, but Panthers fans love any reason to tailgate. Stop by the “Extreme Tailgate” party before the game and enjoy live music, drink specials, and games of cornhole and beer pong.
For the ladies 11 a.m. 333 E. Trade St. www.bobcats.com.
Think you have what it takes to get the party started in an arena that holds thousands of people? Come down to Time Warner Cable Arena and strut your stuff for a panel of celebrity judges for a chance to be one of the Bobcats' Lady Cats. Hot pants not required, but highly recommended.
8 p.m. 1423 S. Tryon St. $28 in advance, $30 day of the show. www.amossouthend.com.
Boys Like Girls and Good Charlotte perform at Amos' Southend. Be on the lookout for Nicole Richie (and baby Harlow) and Paris Hilton backstage; they've accompanied Good Charlotte's Madden brothers (Joel is Richie's boyfriend, twin brother Benji is Hilton's main squeeze) on past tour dates.
6-9 p.m. 210 E. Trade St. Free. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.
Get an early sneak peek at BlackFinn, the EpiCentre's next night spot to open, during the Young Affiliates of the Mint Happy Hour. Mingle with other young professionals, find out more about the YAMs and enjoy drink specials.