The Rundown: Things to Do Thursday, August 8 – Sunday, August 11

By: Shawn D. Allison, II

 Salutations everyone! This has been quite an eventful week, but here we are with the weekend and “The Rundown” chock full of cultural goodness! We’re scheduled to have some extraordinary weather and I’ve got some delightful delicacies for you all to indulge in and enjoy! If you really know what the big moves are this weekend, check out my “Hot List” and make it happen!

  • THURSDAY – International 808 Day at Snug Harbor
  • FRIDAY – Black Food Truck Fridays Summer Music Tour – Jazz Edition
  • FRIDAY – Art After Dark at The Gantt Center
  • FRIDAY – The Art of Easing – New Jack Swing Edition at Tip Top Daily Market
  • FRIDAY – PLAYER MADE at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – The Official Back To School Party at The Dooby Shop
  • SATURDAY – Chef Joya Presents: Chill & Grill
  • SATURDAY – Bearden Music Series
  • SATURDAY – Repainted Tomorrow at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Adrian Crutchfield’s Private Party
  • SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “Lying Lips” at The Gantt Center
  • SUNDAY – Second Sundays Jam at Crown Station


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Start your weekend off at The McColl Center and plug yourselves into The Outcome this evening! Here’s your chance to celebrate the closing of the summer 2019 artist residency season at the museum and see what artists-in-residence — Chris Clamp, Troy Dugas, Lauren Rosenthal McManus, Carmen Neely and Gregory Thielker have been working on during their tenures. My good friend DJ Tober will be mellowing things out with an eclectic blend of acid jazz, deep House, Electronica and much more. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here:  The event will begin at 6 p.m. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Gather your friends and come celebrate the joys of nourishment at WFAEats: A Food Tasting Event this evening! Over a dozen of local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors will serve samples of their best dish or beverage in one bite or one sip samples. Guests will vote for their favorites and proceeds will benefit WFAE’s award-winning local news and “Charlotte Talks.” Tickets can be purchased here:  The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Charlotte Museum of History. 3500 Shamrock Dr.

Sir Abstraxxx is ready to start your weekend off right with a special installment of the increasingly popular Eclectic Soul Sessions! Tonight’s episode entitled “The Beyonce Edition” will focus on the artistry of Beyonce with open mic performances based upon song titles from his catalog. Eats will be provided by Chef Edwin Organix and DJ Blanco will be spinning a sonic blend of Beyonce’s hits, album cuts, remixes and much more! Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at QC Social Lounge. 300 N. College St. in Uptown.

Get ready to feel the boom at Snug Harbor this evening and come out for International 808 Day! Experience the sonic flavor of the legendary Roland TR-808 Drum Machine as Longchild, Simon SMTHNG, FLLS and Axnt along with Bassment Charlotte’s J. Lazy and Nat Black rock the spot with a super mix of Miami Bass, Electro, Techno, Hip Hop, Nu-Wave, Ghetto Tech and much more! FREE admission. The bass drops at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



Put some funk in your Friday and head down to Recess CLT as Black Business Owners of Charlotte provides some more community fun with Black Food Truck Friday: “SummerMusicTour” R&B Edition! Gather all your friends and family out for an evening of community while you dine from some of the city’s finest and most delicious Chocolate culinary chariots! Also, be sure to scoop up some cool fashions and trinkets from local vendors, enter in raffles to win cool prizes and get down on the good foot to the sounds of DJ Steel Wheel with a special mix of R&B from all eras! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 5 p.m. Recess CLT is located at 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.

Celebrate Black August at The Gantt Center as they extend a Black-fisted invitation to you for Art After Dark this evening! Black August is a month to commemorate the struggle/resilience of Black people with origins stemming from the August 1971 killing of Black Panther George Jackson, the 1619 arrival of slaves in Virginia, the Haitian Revolution of 1791 and many other historical occurrences. Get in the mix with all sorts of creative networking, art showcases, guided tours, fun workshops, live music and much more! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here:  The jump off is at 6 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Surround yourselves with creativity this evening at Camp North End and come out to the Goodyear Arts: June/July Residency Showcase! Come and celebrate the Artists-in-Residence for the months of June/July: Milik Kashad, Lenny Muckle, David Sackett, and Kat Sánchez Standfield with new works that include new installations, sculpture, mixed media works, and compositions. There will also be an interactive film screening and visual performances from featured artists. Admission is FREE and there will be refreshments available. 6 p.m. Goodyear Arts is located at 301 Camp Rd.

Check baby, check baby, 1-2-3-4 – head over to Tip Top Daily Market for a special installment of The Art Of Easing this evening! Join sound masters DJ Foundacetion and Cairo Black as they take you back in time where R&B and Hip Hop made a beautiful matrimony in this special celebration of New Jack Swing! From Keith Sweat, Guy, Redhead Kingpin, Jam & Lewis, Bobby Brown, Portrait, SWV, Kashif, The System, Today and MUCH more, this dynamic duo is ready to get your body pumpin’ with all the classics on all-vinyl sets! FREE admission. The party starts at 8 p.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Charlotte, it’s time to stand up and be known as one your favorite homegrown crews, Permanent Vacation gets down to the nitty gritty in the Queen City presenting PLAYER MADE: Ode To Southern Rap of All Eras! Join hometown heroes MC/DJ Elevator Jay, A-Huf, Jaboi B-Rab and The Mighty DJ DR for an evening of nonstop trunk-rattlin’, subwoofer boomin’, Dirty South Hip Hop super funk! Get your cup of Crunk Juice ready because it’s about to go down! Admission is FREE for people 21+ and $5 for folks 18-20. The jump off is at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



Everyone rise, shine and come celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market this morning! NC-based vendors and farmers alike will be showcasing how agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives presenting a variety of meats, dairy, honey, plants, cut flowers, beeswax and soy candles, wooded products, goats milk soap and much more. Admission is FREE and the marketplace opens at 8 a.m. 1801 Yorkmont Rd.

Ladies, gather your fellow open-minded movers and shakers and head down to the #BWEinCLT Workshop! Join your lovely hosts Melody Gross and Emiene Wright in this special workshop offered to enhance your skills and well-being, as well as to utilize the shared expertise among us as a means of encouragement and support of each other. If interested, please be sure to RSVP here:  The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the location will be provided upon reservation.

Parents and kids, join Carolina Therapeutic Service First, Resourceful Solutions and SociaLight, Inc. for the official Back To School Party! Come on down and engage the community with a day full of nonstop pre-school networking fun including FREE health & wellness info, a FREE bookbag with school supplies, food, music from QC teen sensation DJ Ninja Kydd, community fellowship and much, much more! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 11 a.m. at The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology. 2107 Beatties Ford Rd.

Expand your culinary palates and head down to The Hobbyist for Chef Joya Presents: Chill & Grill this afternoon! Enjoy the flyness of the Summer as Chef Joya lays out some vegan flavor with a variety of vegan eats on the grill with DJ Stampede on the 1s & 2s giving you all sorts of dope music for everyone to chill out with! Menu items include: Burger Bar, Brats, Sauced Up Ribz, Italian Sausage, Shrymp Kabobs, Pulled “Pork”, Bac’n White Cheddar Mac, Dirty Baked Beans, Grilled Veggies, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Pasta Salad and Baked Spaghetti. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. The Hobbyist is located at 2100 N. Davidson St. in the Noda District.

This afternoon, join Global Progressive Women Network, Magna Faith, Bright Light Projects and The Lady B. Bless Humanitarian Foundation as they proudly present RoundTable Discussion: African Youths & Sustainable Development. This dialogue centers around mobilizing African youths and to support and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Discussion points include: describing what SDGs are, why they are important for African youths, the UN and it’s interest, African youth unemployment and much more. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Coffee Bar. 1720 Pegram St. in the Belmont Neighborhood.

Calling all members of the Divine Nine – Frats and Sorors gather your and join Lekki Phase One Promotions as they host the D.A.Z.S. OF K.A.O.I.S. D9 Greek Day Party this afternoon! Rock your colors, get in line, do your step and enjoy this vibrant day of “stomping the yard” among your extended sophisticated HBCU family! DJ Bezzie Beats will be spinning all the hottest anthems and hits from many eras so be sure to show up and show out! Tickets can be purchased here: The party begins at 3 p.m. at Sage Restaurant & Lounge. 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.

Need something relaxing for this Saturday? Head out to Romare Bearden Park this evening for another round of Bearden Music Series! For your entertainment, experience some stringed-out soul from Eric Gales with special guest, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”! Your host is none other than the lovely Jazz Diva herself, Ms. Tammy Greene. Admission is FREE to attend. Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food trucks available too. The music begins promptly at 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park is located at 300 S. Church St. in Uptown.

Join my friends Diggers Delight and the Vacation Pay crew as the proudly present the July installment of Repainted Tomorrow this evening! This half beat show/half live painting hybrid showcase will feature the sonic stylings of local talents Prof Logik, Drew Prince and Tecoby Hines along with visual vibrations provided by Kiddy Arts. Additional sonic frequencies will be provided by resident musicians Axnt, FllS and Simon SMTHNG. Hosted by Peculiar Hippie. Admission is FREE but donations will be accepted. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at Tip Top Daily Market. 2921 The Plaza Rd.

All my fellow underground Hip Hop heads, take a ride over to the West Side and experience the sounds of Hurricane Party performing LIVE! Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Hurricane Party adds some different flavor to the culture with a style known as “Yacht Rap”. Joining them will also be Florida natives Bleubird, B-Villanous and QC hometown heroes, Shadow the MC, 6 Cardinal and Legend Status. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 8 p.m. at The Milestone Club. 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Jazz N’ Soul Music has got your Saturday lined up with some more mellow smoothness as they proudly present Adrian Crutchfield’s Private Party! Get ready to experience Charlotte’s very own acclaimed saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield giving you a few rounds of real good sax with special guest The Terrence Young Experience and Ocie Davis Jr. on the rhythm section. If you’re unaware of Crutch’s style, it’s fluid, soulful and all sorts of “saxy” as he intertwines and interweaves a myriad of musical flavors effortlessly. Bottom line, you need to be at this show! Tickets can be purchased here:  The party starts at 8 p.m. at Booth Playhouse inside Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 130 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

It’s time for some more Saturday fun as online networking group Charlotte Social Society hosts their CSS Mix & Mingle this evening! Come out and hang with some of the QC’s coolest people and get engaged with fun icebreakers, cocktails and music from a guest DJ! Admission is FREE The party starts at 9 p.m. at 360 Lounge. 3060 Smith Corners Blvd. in the Northlake Area.



This afternoon, slide out to Tip Top Daily Market for a special sonic brunch entitled Scrambled Eggs! Come and relax as DJs Luke Stemmerman and Flock of Slagles sets the mood with a selection of avant-garde Dub, Reggae, Fusion, Soul and Jazz tunes from their own personal vinyl collections. Also, be sure to grab a tasty mimosa from the bar and be sure to grab some tasty brunch eats from Killer B’s food truck! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 11 a.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

This Sunday afternoon, join Mr. Felix Curtis at The Gantt Center as he hosts Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “Lying Lips”. This 1939 release from groundbreaking filmmaker Oscar Micheaux centers around a nightclub singer whom refuses to “date” customers. As a result, she’s framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, doesn’t believe she did it and sets out to prove her innocence. The film screening is FREE with film admission. The screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Treat your ears to the sounds of the finest jazz grooves in the city and head down to Spirit Square for the Queen City Jazz Collective this evening! Grab your friends and grab a seat as some of the finest local jazz dignitaries take the stage for a time of musical magic! Your evening delight will be provided by John Dillard on bass, saxophonist Gabriel Bello, guitarist Paul Dozier, with soul crooner Ken Gober and the ever-fine Gena Chambers adding a touch a vocal beauty into the atmosphere. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 5 p.m. at The McGlohon Theater inside Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Need some more House music in your life? Don’t worry, I got you! Bring all your friends and fellow House heads down to Crown Station for the Second Sunday Jam! Join DJs Tony Essence, Mike Brown and Raw Substance’s Steve Howerton as they power the place with a vibrant mix of House grooves ranging from Classic, Soulful, Afro-Latino, Deep and much more! There will also be exquisite dishes for sale from Kafe’ InterNational. Admission is FREE, but donations will also be accepted. 5 p.m. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.




8/15—8/16 – The Jazz Room: Matt Lemmier reimagines Stevie Wonder

8/16 – KRS-One LIVE

8/17 – “View The Right Thing” Spike Lee Film Series

8/17 — Reid Communtiy Back To School Block Party

8/17 — AfroPop CLT Vol. 34: The Flag Party

8/17 – Undisputed Saturday feat. Fatman Scoop

8/18 – Charlotte Day Festival

8/23 – Common – Let Love Tour feat. Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh

8/29 – Hot Gumbo feat. Jamison Bethea

8/30 – Using Your Unique: Songwriting Workshop


Enjoy your weekend folks!


Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.


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