By Shawn D. Allison, II
Peace and blessings everyone! Here we are, another week in the bag and another weekend on our horizon. There’s lots of stuff to do in “The Rundown” and as always, I’m gonna deliver the goods Black Ferris Bueller-style! If you want to know where I’ll be hanging out this weekend, feel free to tag along via my “Hot List” which is just below.
- THURSDAY— SouthEnd ARTS presents Speak Justice w/ Hannah Hasan
- FRIDAY – Upright – A Tribute To Bass Players
- FRIDAY – Blow Your Head — October Edition
- SATURDAY – 3rd Annual Charlotte UNITE Festival
- SATURDAY – BlackOwnedCLT Cash Mob Saturday
- SATURDAY – USB Roulette at Tip Top Daily Market
- SATURDAY – Off The Wall: ATCQ/Native Tongues Edition Vol. 7
- SUNDAY – The Mad Hatter Brinner: “We’re All Mad”
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——–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3——–
Start your weekend off with the gift of words as SouthEnd ARTS invites you out to Speak Justice this evening! Gather ‘round the campfire as storyteller, activist, poet and wonder woman Hannah Hasan speaks truth to power and purpose in lifting the voices and experiences of women. She will share some of her cherished poems and the stories behind them that have empowered her to become a woman who is not afraid to speak justice to the world. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. SouthEnd ARTS is located at 1507 Camden Rd. in Historic South End.
Dapper Street Productions, Inc. returns for the month of August with another installment of its heralded performance series Color of Jazz – Toni Tupponce & Matt Kelly sing Kurt Elling! Two of the QC’s finest vocalists, the lovely Toni Tupponce and Mr. Matt Kelly have teamed up to pay homage to Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling! Kurt’s style is smooth as cognac and the two performers chosen for this special show are sure to serve you a glass of audible excellence. Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mallard Creek Rec Center. 2530 Johnston Oheler Rd. in the University Area.
Ladies, the movement continues as TeamBlkGrlFly Week 2019 proudly presents the Live In Color Workshop! Through this workshop you will use your courage to tell the world your story. Whether they be of triumphs, failures, love found, love lost and childhood experiences, these episodes have and continue to shape how we think, feel, live and love. Your curators and hosts for today, Bea N’ Bev will help you find your “inner G” (energy) and utilize a variety of writing and interactive activities to open your truth Chakra (known as your throat Chakra) to deal and heal from trauma and use your newfound freedom to examine how your life experiences have shaped who you are and how speaking your truth can help you move forward living life in color. Tickets can be purchased here: . The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Camp North End.
——–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4——–
Dapper Street Productions, Inc. is back for some more jazz action with a special low-registering musical tribute entitled Upright – A Tribute To Bass Players! Under the leadership of John Shaughnessy, this three month series will highlight bassists such as Ron Carter, Paul Chambers and Charles Mingus. Admission is FREE to attend. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Hut. 413 Johnston Dr. in Pineville.
Ladies, it’s time to let loose and have fun with your crew as TeamBlkGirlFly Week 2019 invites you out to Pajamas + Pillow Talk this evening! Tonight’s episode will feature a panel of personalities who dishes out all the tea from relationships, health, wellness and all things Black Girl Magic! Whether your pajamas are silk with lace trim or your boyfriend’s tank and boxers, bring that thing and swing it in a circle! There will also be live music, crafted cocktails and “Get Your Groove On” swag bags and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tbgfw19-pajamas-pillow-talk-tickets-67604574101. The pajama jam starts at 7 p.m. at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.
OutenLove Events and Mr. 305 Entertainment have teamed back up for their weekend party jam, I Want My 90s Back! Step in the zone and go back into the time when music, fashion and culture was “all that and a bag of chips” as The Blend King, DJ Shaun Nyce gives you the best of classic 90s Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul, House and a special tribute to Erykah Badu and Goodie Mob! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-want-my-90s-back-party-tickets-73038130013. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Stats Restaurant & Bar. 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.
If you want to experience some different sonic flavor this Friday night, come out to Snug Harbor for Blow Your Head — October Edition! My good brothers of Blow Your Head, Flock of Slagles and Jah Freedom have teamed up with special guest, my man DJ L.O. who’ll all be spinning an entire vinyl set of Funk, Soul, Boogie, Garage, House and Rare Grooves for your listening pleasures! Also, there will be a live performance from local creative Dexter Jordan! Admission is $5 per person and be ready to dance! The jam starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
——–SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5——–
Everyone rise up, come out to Triple C Brewing Co. and join Butterfly Visions Project as they host #HashtagLunchbagCLT. October is Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month to give back to the community in a huge way as you prepare lunch bags for our less fortunate neighbors and survivors and give them a heartwarming, soul-stirring hug of love. A $10 donation for supplies isn’t required, however it is suggested. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Triple C Brewing Co. is located at 2900 Griffith St. in Historic South End.
It’s all food, fun and flyness this Saturday as Dupp & Swat invites you out to TeamBlkGirlFly Week 2019 Fly Markets! In conjunction with Boss Friends Ent. and Vegan Love Culture, come on down and enjoy some shopping from local Black-owned businesses, live entertainment, food, yoga classes and a book talk/signing with author Daphne Fuller. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tbgfw19-fly-markets-tickets-67605169883. The marketplace will open at 10 a.m. 1824 Statesville Ave.
University City comes alive for kids and kids-at-heart at the 3rd Annual Charlotte Kids Festival this afternoon! Fueled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the Charlotte Kids Fest will inspire and motivate young minds with professional artistic, creative, playful, and educational experiences. Enjoy the outdoors of UNC Charlotte’s campus with hands-on activities, performers, food trucks, and more! The mission of the Charlotte Kid’s Fest is to expand educational & entertainment options for the children and their families in the Charlotte area. Please be sure to visit this link for the full listing of performances, services and amenities in the festival: Charlotte Kids Fest – Free festival in University City. FREE admission. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. at UNCC Charlotte. 9100 Robert D. Snyder Rd. in the University Area.
Bring the tribe out for a melting pot party unlike any other at the 3rd Annual Charlotte UNITE Festival! This multicultural celebration is geared to unite people of all backgrounds in the QC area. Enjoy live music from local bands, spoken word artists, words of wisdom from community dignitaries, food trucks, vendors and much more! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-charlotte-unite-festival-tickets-62915953310. The event will begin at 12 noon at NoDa Brewing Co. 2921 N. Tryon St.
Brothers and Sisters, get ready to spread the love of wealth in the community as BlackOwnedCLT hosts Cash Mob Saturday! This afternoon, head down to Sun Energy Smoothies and patronize this community staple which will keep our businesses thriving with our resources and support! There will be music, fun prizes and a special gift if you arrive with the cash mob! Sun Energy Smoothies will open at 10 a.m. and the mob will be from 1-3 p.m. 2903 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
This afternoon, head over to Tip Top Daily Market and join the lovely Sativa Slcts for another dope episode of the increasingly popular USB Roulette! This interactive and organic showcase will feature four of the QC’s hottest sound selectors — DJs Kiddspectro, Lou!, Blackhat and Generacion as they journey into the unknown regions of each other’s USB hard drive and construct their very own set from random music downloads and files. Each DJ will rotate until all have played. Select > Insert > Groove > Repeat. Come witness this awesome experience all for the low price of $FREE.99! The jump off is at 2pm. 2909 The Plaza.
NBOC Entertainment is ready to rock the house with some native flavor this weekend at the Nigerian Independence Day Party: One Night In Lagos! Get ready to party Lagos style with a fly mix of African music, fashion, dance, food and fellowship! Music will be provided by DJ Just Omi, Bezzie Beats, DJ Koko Baba Papi and a live performance from rising Nigerian superstar IB-KAY! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nigerian-independence-day-party-one-night-in-lagos-tickets-71830439779. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Sage Restaurant & Lounge. 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.
Brothers & Sisters come step on the scene rockin’ your red, black and green and join The JETA Team as they proudly presents one of their most heralded events to date—“Off The Wall: ATCQ/Native Tongues Edition Vol. 7!” Join sound providers Chief Rocka Aking Allah and Soul Brother DJ Justice as they make you bounce to the ounce giving you an authentic and organic taste of greatness as they pay tribute to the legendary Native Tongues Posse — A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Brand Nubian, Black Sheep, J-Dilla, Leaders of the New School, The Beatnuts and Chi Ali with all the hits, remixes, B-sides, album cuts and samples! Also, the lovely DJ DK will be spinning some coolout Downtempo and House joints on the patio! And K&J’s Kitchen Food Truck will be out front serving some fresh & flavorful Caribbean cuisine! Admission is $5 before 10 and $10 after. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
——–SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6——–
Black women are the most courageous, captivating, charming beings on the planet—yet at the same time, they are the most unappreciated and undervalued women known to humanity. But today, that’s about to change as Davita “Miss Swatty” Galloway and Bea N’ Bev host the ASATA: A Seat At the Table Awards Ceremony! This celebration will honor the contributions and creativity of Black women in the Charlotte area in some unconventional but inspiring award categories! #ASATA is providing the opportunity for Black women to finally be recognized and to have their say! Be a part of this magnificent spectacle of Black Girl Magic and cheer them on! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tbgfw19-asata-tickets-67606048511. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.
Everyone, bring your appetites and good attitudes down to 7th Street Public Market as The Yolk and Breakslow proudly presents The Mad Hatter Brinner: “We’re All Mad”! No matter your mood, expand your mind and palate as you gather ‘round the table with others and indulge in some eclectic and delicious down home-style food! This will be a five-course dinner along with three cocktail pairings and a serving of a specially-crafted “mad tea” guaranteed to leave you and your stomach smiling! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/106-mad-hatter-brinner-were-all-mad-tickets-73605781875. The event will begin promptly at 6:01 p.m. The 7th Street Market is located at 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
10/12 – DJ Steel Wheel presents Sol Afri
10/12 – 2nd Annual Taste of the World International Food Festival
10/13 – Classic Black Cinema Series presents “Brother From Another Planet”
10/15 – Harlem 100
10/17 – Butcher Brown: A Tribute To Fela Kuti
Everyone have a fantastic weekend!
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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