Music & Nightlife

It's Craft Beer Week and the tap is flowing

It’s Charlotte Craft Beer Week and the tap is flowing all week and weekend long from The Flying Saucer (9605 N.Tryon St.) to the Common Market in SouthEnd (1515 S. Tryon St.)., to VCBG in the NC Music Factory to the closing event at Philosopher’s Stone (1958 E.7th St.). You can support local brews and your social life at the same time – two birds, one stone. Full list of events and more information at

Another festival going on this weekend: The Mad Monster Party Film Festival at The Blake Hotel (555 S. McDowell St.). Events include everything from Haunted Houses to “Scaraoke” to Speed Dating (random) to the “Miss Hoorilina Bikini Pageant.” I couldn’t make this stuff up. $45-$199 for R.I.P (Really Intense Partier). Sounds scary, literally. Tickets and info at


You can have a one night stand with country star Joe Nichols at the Bud Light and WSOC 103.7’s “One Night Stand” concert at the EpiCentre rooftop Pavilion (210 E. Trade St.). 6 p.m. Free.


• Friday is date night in Charlotte, for people who actually go on dates unlike myself. The movie “The Hunger Games” comes out – go and check out the setting considering it was filmed right here in Charlotte.

• The grand opening of the Biergarten at the EpiCentre Pavillion (210 E. Trade St.) will feature ping pong, beer pong, cornhole, and Octoberfest type shenanigans. 5 p.m. until last call. No cover, and inhibitions are optional. 704-716-9300


• Before it was RE:Public it was Alley Cat, and before that it was Have a Nice Day Café. Well, the nightlife staple is reopening for the night, at Strike City in the EpiCentre (210 E. Fifth St.) Makes sense for an ’80s bar to have a throwback night, right? You may even want to break out your crimper and parachute pants because there’s a $500 80’s costume contest. 704-716-9300.

• Slaughterhouse and special guest Charlotte boys Brody and Choch (who just got back from South by SouthWest) will be performing at The Fillmore (100 NC Music Factory Blvd.). 9 p.m. $10-$20.