By Shawn D. Allison, II
Joy to the world Queen City! The holiday madness is nearing an end and I know the majority of you are worn out from all the hustle and bustle. However, I’ve found a few cool events to remedy your stress and help you relax! If you want to know the hot spots for this weekend, check out my “Hot List” just below, ya dig?
- THURSDAY—LeAnna Eden & The Garden Of, Blu House and Monty Mak at Petra’s
- FRIDAY—“Naughty or Nice Holiday Party” at Apostrophe Lounge
- SATURDAY—“Jingle & Mingle Singles Mixer” at Press Box Bar & Grill
- SUNDAY—“Funkin’ VIBE: Future – Soul – House” at The NeighborHood Café
- MONDAY—Jazz and a Movie screening of “Fences” at Cinebarre Arboretum
Everyone come and get all 360 degrees of your being filled with art at the Uptown Crawl! All of Uptown Charlotte’s art treasures will be open for the general public this evening and you’ll get an opportunity to scour and scope art at The Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown, New Gallery of Modern Art, Sozo Gallery, The McColl, UNCC Center City, Goodyear Arts and The Levine Museum of the New South. You’ll be able to begin the tour at any of the featured institutions, then travel freely between the stops by foot, trolley, or bike. Each stop on the tour will feature a special look at the art held within. Admission is FREE! All venues and museums are in the Uptown area and will begin at 6 p.m.
Looking for that last minute holiday gift? Come check out an array of local business owners at Three Spirits Brewery for the “Sip & Shop” event. There will be complimentary spirits provided by Three Spirits Brewery. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP at: http://www.holidaysipshop.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Black Business Owners of Charlotte and Three Spirits Brewery. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Three Spirits Brewery is located at 5046 Old Pineville Rd.
A serious funk rock storm is headed to Petra’s this evening, but you won’t want to cover your ears! Get ready for the three way artist showcase featuring LeAnna Eden & The Garden Of, Blu House and Monty Mak! These are three of my favorite live acts in the QC and if you have never heard any of them before, I highly suggest you give them a listen! Admission is $6 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Got a taste for something sweet? Head down to The Tavern this evening for a special serving of the band Hard Candy in a soulful Christmas concert! Come and see this lineup featuring some of the QC’s most distinguished performers including vocal powerhouse queens Gena Chambers and Blanche J along with soul brothers Tony Lelo, Eric and Devin Bruce, Archie “Snoop” Pearson, fire spittin’ MCs Mason Parker, Modest Jon and more! Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/december-hard-candy-tickets-29866967905 or at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m. The Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.
Slide out to BluNotes this evening as Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment proudly presents “Go-Go Fourth Fridays Toy Drive!” Come and ring in some holiday cheer with Charlotte’s premier Go-Go band, Uptown Swagga and special guest, singer and songwriter Vince Keyz! Be sure to bring in a brand new toy that will be donated to a deserving child. If you arrive before 8 p.m. with a toy, your admission is $5 and will be $10 after. Also, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Charlotte Women’s Shelter. The party starts at 7 p.m. BluNotes is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.
Put some color and flavor in your Friday at Industry Coworking and come out for the “Christmas Pain & Play Vendor Edition!” Creativity, cuisine and commerce collide in this cool-down with some prolific poetry from a variety of spoken word artists, a delicious and hearty menu from Carolina Seafood and a few vendors to cater to your last minute Christmas shopping needs. There will also be free giveaways and live music from a special guest DJ. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-play-christmas-edition-tickets-29954235926. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Industry Coworking is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. on the outskirts of Uptown.
Are you ready for some mo’ Jazz N’ Soul? Then come out to The Tavern tonight as The Shana Blake Band soothes you with her blue-eyed soulful vocals and a fire-hot instrumental section playing some Funk, Soul, R&B, The Blues, Reggae and some molasses-dripping Southern Rock. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazznsoul-music-presents-the-shana-blake-band-tickets-30287674249. Showtime is at 9 p.m. The Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul
After you wrap all of your gifts, join The Sol Kitchen at Suite in The Epicentre as they present to you, “Unwrapped: The Holiday Weekend Party!” It’s the battle of Crown Town get downs versus Chi-Town battle roundswhile your engineer, DJ Skillz rocks out all the fly sounds! Admission is FREE before 11:30 p.m. and the party starts at 9:30 p.m. Suite is located at 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.
Everyone slide over to Apostrophe Lounge this afternoon as Ms. Terry Berry of TerryBerry Events hosts the “Naughty or Nice Holiday Party!” Get comfortable in those cool winter threads as DJ CK sets the mood with the best of Hip Hop and R&B from today and yesteryear! Admission is FREE before midnight and the fun starts at 10 p.m. Apostrophe Lounge is located at 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown. #TerryBerryEvents
Moxie Society is making spirits bright at Sports One Bar & Lounge once again with another fly editon of the “I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party!” Come and take a load off on Christmas Eve and cool out to some 90s grooves from DJ Louie Vee! Also, be sure to check out some holiday specials from the kitchen staff and bar. Admission is FREE to attend. The party starts at 11 a.m. Sports One is located at 521 N. College St. in Uptown.
What do the lonely do at Christmas? They still have fun! Head out to Press Box Bar & Grill this evening for the “Jingle & Mingle Singles Mixer!” Come and engage some of Charlotte’s finest professional singles who will be bringing in Christmas in a merry way! DJ Hot Rod will be handling all the holiday grooves and there will be games, giveaways and icebreakers too. Admission is FREE to attend but please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jingle-and-mingle-singles-mixer-tickets-30210034025. The mingling will begin at 10 p.m. Press Box Bar & Grill is located at 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.
Get your groove on this evening at The NeighborHood Café as the people who brought you FUNK SHUN return with the all-new chill out session, “Funkin VIBE: Future-Soul-House!” Join DJ SPK and Earl Grey for a night of funky grooves, dance breaks and positive vibes. Admisison is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funkin-vibe-the-vibes-are-back-tickets-30066767511. The funk flows starting at 8 p.m. The NeighborHood Café is located at 1635 W. Trade St. near the JCSU Main Campus.
The Jazz Lifestyle is poised and proud to present to you another fly edition of “Jazz and a Movie” for you this evening! Everyone gather ‘round the silver screen for a special screening of the new film “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. However, before you view the new hotness, allow your ears to be soothed by the cool jazz sounds of SPECTRUM! If you’ve never heard this ensemble before, you are definitely in for a treat! Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2711717. The event will be held at Cinebarre Arboretum starting at 6 p.m. 8008 Providence Rd. #TheJazzLifestyle
Treat yourselves to an after-Christmas gift at The Evening Muse as APEHEAD Entertainment proudly presents an evening with Arthur Andru! This one-night-only show will be a special performance dedicated to the wonderful world of performing arts, music and laughter all for the common goal of uplifting vibes. Admission is $3 and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Evening Muse is located at 3227 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
- Wednesday, 1/11-Saturday, 1/21—stage adaption of “Boys to Baghdad”
- Thursday, 1/21—Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
- Tuesday, 3/21 and Wednesday, 3/22—“Black Violin”
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6
May the love of God envelop you and your loved ones and may you go out and spread His love to your fellow Brother and Sister! Merry Christmas to you all!
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