The Rundown of Things to Do: Thursday, January 2 – Sunday, January 5

By Shawn D. Allison, II

Happy 2020 Brothers & Sisters! It´s a new year, a new decade and a new time to forward your life! While the social scene may be on the down slope for this weekend, I was able to squeeze out a few gems in the first episode of The Rundown for this year. Stay tuned for more to come and I wish you a prosperous new year!

  • THURSDAY — Hangover Comedy Show at Petra´s
  • FRIDAY — Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash
  • FRIDAY — Blow Your Head at Crown Station
  • SATURDAY — Family First Workshop:       Beading 101 at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY — BlkOwnedCLT´s Cash Mob Saturday
  • SATURDAY — RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party at Crown Station
  • SATURDAY — Off The Wall: Best of the 80s V.19 at Petra´s
  • SUNDAY — Hazy Sunday — January Edition
  • MONDAY — Revolt Comedy Show at Heist Brewery


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It´s now 2020 and you´ve partied, you´ve ate too much and probably have had way too much to drink. This evening, get ready to sober up, a little bit and head down to Petra´s for the Hangover Comedy Show! Come get your giggle on with Brian O’Neil, Kevin Delgado, Tara Brown and Wayne Cousins! The evening will be hosted by the illustrious J.D. Colwell. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 p.m. Petra´s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.


B-Boys, B-Girls and all true Hip Hop heads come down to Crown Station for another episode of The Jump Off this evening! Gather your crew and comrades and get down on the good foot as DJ A-Huf rocks out on the 1s and 2s giving you the best of Classic Hip Hop, Soul, Breakbeats, Funk, House, R&B and much more! Admission is FREE and the joint starts at 10 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District. #TheJumpOff


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art invites you out to a very special one-night-only concert celebrating all things jazz as they kick off a year of magic with Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash! Nationally-renowned jazz artists Nnenna Freelon, Russell Malone and Nicolas Bearde join the Ziad Jazz Quartet on the stage of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Knight Theater for an unforgettable evening of jazz and celebration to make sure we kick off 2020 on the right note(s)! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Knight Theater is located at 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.



Power promotion duo Black Singles in CLT and Mr. 305 Entertainment have teamed up one mo’ gin to add some freshness for 2020 as they proudly present Flashback Friday! It’s a new decade but tonight take a two-step back in time as DJ Shaun Nyce aka The Blend King and Mr. “Watch Your Knee Caps” DJ Short Dawg gives you the business with all the hottest joints of the 70s, 80s & 90s! Tickets can be purchased here: 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 Crown Station for an all-new installment Blow Your Head! Rock your body into the new year as my good brothers of Blow Your Head, Flock of Slagles and Jah Freedom along with special guest Jackmaster Gary Wallace will be spinning an entire vinyl set of Funk, Soul, Boogie, Garage, House and Rare Grooves for your dancing pleasures! Admission is FREE to attend and be ready to dance! The event starts at 10 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District. 


Flex your creative muscles this morning and head down to the Gantt Center for the Family First Workshop! For today´s session, Beading 101, you will learn how to design and create wearable art with jewelry artist Kim Turner. Gain experience using the tools needed to make your own necklaces, earrings or bracelets. If you have beads or pendants you would like to incorporate into your design, please feel free to bring them. Once completed, wear your art for the world to see! Tickets can be purchased here: The class will begin at 11 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Get your midday groove on and get on down with Moxie Society as they host another installment of the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! You know the flavor—delicious Southern-inspired brunch menu items, top shelf drinks and $5 mimosa specials and an arsenal of throwback Hip Hop and R&B classics from Celebrity DJ Shogun! Admission is FREE to attend. The party gets rockin’ at 11 a.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #MoxieSociety   #TheArtOfTheDayParty 

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 7th Phaze 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! 12 noon. 7th Phaze is located at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

The Hit Agency is back for some more action this Saturday as turn up the heat at Crown Station with another energetic episode of the RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party! For your dancing pleasures tonight, Jackmaster Gary Wallace, headliner Stacey Kidd and Raw Substance’s Steve Howerton and Charles Gatling will set things off properly with a super round Classic House, Deep House, Funk, Soul, Afro-House and R&B flavor in an unforgettable night of dance and unity! Admission is $10 per person. The party starts at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District. #TheHitAgency

It’s 2020, but this Saturday night, The Infamous JETA Team invites you to go back in time in a special retro round o’ sound with one of their most anticipated jam sessions — Off the Wall “Best of the 80’s V.19”! Join two of Charlotte’s finest on the wheels of steel Chief Rocka Aking Allah and Soul Brother DJ Justice as they give your earholes memories of the greatest tunes of our generation in the culture-defining decade, the 1980s! — From Billy Joel to Public Enemy, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, The Jacksons, Tears For Fears, 52nd Street, Kashif, Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, NWA, Stetsasonic, MC Lyte, Lionel Richie, Stephanie Mills, David Bowie, Mantronix, Prince, Sade and MUCH more! Also, K&J’s Kitchen Food Truck will be parked out front serving up some Caribbean deliciousness! Admission is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. The jump off is at 9 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #OffTheWall704



Ladies, it´s a new year and a new opportunity to shape the foundation for the future. This afternoon, you´re invited to join noted lifestyle blogger BasicallyiBlog Tah as she hosts a special Vision Board Brunch! 2020 is the start of a new decade and if you want to prosper in the time ahead, grab your inspired girlfriends and come build a blueprint-style vision board which will help empower you as you handle the tasks to come. But more importantly, this is a time of sisterhood, so be encouraged to make connections and plant seeds within each other! Please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Carole A. Hoefener Center.   615 E. 6th St. in Uptown.

Look, I know it’s Sunday and you want to be lazy, right? How about you come out to Petra’s instead and experience Hazy Sunday – January Edition! This afternoon cool down is a meeting for those who appreciate the finer things in music. Join sound selectors, my man DJ Ray Krol and Probably Will as they cultivate a carefully curated selection of vibes from jazzy instrumentals, Hip Hop, avant-garde frequencies, trippy Deep House music, and whatever else your purveyors of waves care to dig. Admission is FREE and the music starts at 3 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



Moxie Society invites you out to Firehouse Bar & Lounge as they proudly present, Sippin’ on Sundays: Wildcard Edition Feat. DJ Tramare! Relax in this fly Uptown QC venue with delicious food, drink specials, hookah, music from DJ Tramare and a patio to enjoy your fresh and fat-rolled stogies. Admission is FREE but if you’re interested in VIP seating, please register and pay here: The event begins at 4 p.m. Firehouse Bar & Lounge is located at 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown.





Get your first laugh on in 2020 at Heist Brewery and come out for the January session of the Revolt Comedy Show! Sit back, relax and get ready to laugh away those 2019 blues with a hilarious blend of raw and clever comedic performances from Porsha Renee, Tre Pone, Megan Cole, E.J. Masicampo, Chris Patterson and Malikah French. Hosted by Revolt Comedy ringleader Brian O’Neil! Music will be provided by Black Light the DJ. Admission is $5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.




1/11 – 2020 HBCU College Fair

1/11 — In Livin´ Color: A Paint + Sip Party for Black Women

1/11 — The Sound + BLAST + Stagelights

1/11 — Books, Brunch & Brown Girls

1/11 — Serving The Culture presents The Bad Boy vs. Death Row Dinner

1/17 — Camp Lo LIVE

1/18 – Media Maven Connect

1/18 — Up Close & Personal With J. Holiday

1/18 — View The Right Thing Film & Discussion Series


Have a great weekend!


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


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