The Rundown of Things to Do: Thursday, November 29 – Monday, December 2

Shawn Allison shares all the places you'll wanna be in the Queen City.

By: Shawn D. Allison, II


Give thanks Brothers and Sisters! It’s Thanksgiving and there’s quite a few things cooking in the QC this weekend and of course, your favorite cultural ambassador, The Black Ferris Bueller has found some delicious cultural fixin’s for your soul! I’ll be hanging out here this weekend and if you want to know what the real moves to make, just check out what I got lined up on my “Hot List”!


  • THURSDAY — 2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • THURSDAY — DJ Cleve’s Thanksgiving Night Bash
  • FRIDAY — Classic Hip-Hop Fridays feat. Brand Nubian
  • FRIDAY — Blackout Friday: The All-Black Affair feat. Lyrikal
  • SATURDAY — Black Saturday Small Business Saturday Fair
  • SATURDAY — Freaquency360 Live feat. Cedric Umoja & Don Newkirk at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY — Neo-Soul Friendsgiving with The Hamiltones LIVE at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents JUSTICE 4 ALL at Crown Station
  • SATURDAY – Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers/Nige Hood & The Folk Rap Band at The Evening Muse
  • SUNDAY — Women Who Jam at Heist Brewey
  • MONDAY – Revolt Comedy Show


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Experience the magic of this festive day at the 2019 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade! Catch a front seat on Tryon Street as you get to witness 12 floats, 8 larger than life balloons, 7 Segwalloons, 15 marching bands and 17 performing acts! Appearances will include Miss North Carolina, the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, the cast of Carowinds’ Winterfest, and an even appearance by Santa Claus himself! The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. and will travel along Tryon St. in Uptown.

After you’ve ate good, slide out to the city’s college neighborhood as Powered By GME invites you out to DJ Cleve’s Thanksgiving Night Bash! Bring all your family and come and get in the mix as internet sensation DJ Cleve rocks the house with a super blend of Hip Hop, R&B and Top 40 from all eras! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.


All my true school Hip Hop heads, make your way down to Crown Station for Classic Hip-Hop Fridays! The stage is set and it’s time to come and bob your head as you feel the energy of legendary Hip Hop group Brand Nubian performing all their biggest hits! Charlotte’s own DJ C.K. will be providing additional grooves to dance to. Presented by Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Get your laugh on this evening as the Queen City Omegas present another hilarious round of Comedy Night! Bring your friends out and get ready for some side-splitting humor from headliner, the wildly funny Caszell Williams, Taran Rodgers and the beautiful Kim-Ber-Ly! Then, be sure to stick around as DJ 06 burns up the speakers with a hot mix of Hip Hop and R&B tunes. The host for the evening is Brother Tito. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. The Omegas of Charlotte Fraternity House is located at 3301 Statesville Ave.

This Friday night, The Sol Kitchen invites you to an after-feast jam like no other with The Day After Thanksgiving Party! Bring all your cousins out for a night on the town as you kill those calories on the dance floor with the hottest tunes of yesteryear and today from DMV’s DJ Schemes and QC’s own DJ Shaun Nyce aka The Blend King! Tickets can be purchased here: The jump off is at 9:30 p.m. at Suite. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.

After you’ve waded through Black Friday crowds, join Island Buzz Ent. as they turn up the heat with Blackout Friday: The All-Black Affair! Get ready for a night of unparalleled musical energy with a special live performance from Soca/Reggae superstar Lyrikal! As one of the most versatile artists of today, his performances are sure to simultaneously draw you in and bring out the vigor in your soul! If you’ve never seen him perform, I highly suggest that you get in on this experience! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 10 p.m. at Bakadi Lounge. 4205 Monroe Rd.


Charlotte’s best brunch takes a special spin on Foundation Avenue this afternoon as Moxie Society invites you out to the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! Bring your crew out for some Saturday swingin’ with a delightful Southern-inspired brunch menu, drink specials, $5 mimosas and more! And while your food steaming, get ready for some smokin’ hot true school flavor from Soul Brother DJ Justice giving your ears a special helping of classic and rare breakbeats, samples, remixes, B-sides, album cuts and more from multiple eras! Admission is FREE and the tables start turning at 11 a.m. at Recess Charlotte. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.

People, bring your family, friends and funds down to NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios for the Black Saturday Small Business Saturday Fair! Skip the corporate crowds and come kick it in the community as a wide variety of local Black-owned vendors greet you with a warm smile and tables fully stocked with products that’ll add flair and flyness to your home! There will also be a live DJ, performances from local artists, business spotlights, networking opportunities and much more! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The marketplace will open at 5 p.m. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Slide out to Tip Top Daily Market for another November installment of Charlotte’s hottest not-your-average networking jam session entitled, Freaquency360 Live! This gathering of creatives will feature some dope music of course, but at the core its main focus is to create a platform for artists and art enthusiasts to meet, greet and collectively share positive vibrations. Today’s focus will feature the visual vibrations of acclaimed artist Cedric Umoja and some sonic stylings by Don Newkirk. Come and hear their thoughts on industry elements, crazy creative stories, the importance of activism in the arts, community viewpoints and much more. DJ Ray Blacksmith will providing the grooves for this session. Hosted by Jah Freedom. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd.

CLTure and Stella Artois is ready to make spirits bright this Saturday night as they invite you to a special concert, Neo-Soul Friendsgiving with The Hamiltones LIVE! After your stomachs have been filled with the goodness, fill your ears with some soul from Grammy-nominated R&B/soul group The Hamiltones curating a special Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul and R&B playlist for your enjoyment! Also, be sure to catch some more sonic flyness from hometown heroes Cyanca, Young Bull and Greg Cox invigorating the atmosphere with explosive musical energy! Tickets can be purchased here:! The party starts at 8 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Get ready for some more Black flyness this weekend as Chuku Entertainment proudly presents the Black & Gold Affair! Get draped and drip on the dance floor in your hottest black and gold threads as superstar DJs B.Y. and P.J. give you the business with the best in Afrobeat, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B and much more! Admission is $20 per person. The party starts at 10 p.m. at Tropix Lounge. 4701 N. Tryon St.

After you’ve filled your stomachs with all the Thanksgiving goodness, gather your crew, comrades & cousins and get ready to fill up the dance floor in a special night of music that’ll give you the need give thanks for our music & culture inside another special episode of JUSTICE 4 ALL! Join hosts, Radio Rehab Carolinas and experience the flyness in this night of exotic, enriching and mind-freeing musicality and dance guaranteed to take you away from the contemporary and into the world of extraordinary rhythm, culture and unity. For your journey through sound, come and get down with QC’s best kept secret, Soul Brother DJ Justice and hometown heavy hitter The Mighty DJ DR as they deliver the messages of the messengers in the form of Soul, House, Deep House, The Funk, Boogie, R&B, Rare Grooves, Garage, B-Sides, Album Cuts, Remixes and much more that’ll be sure to take you away! Tickets can be purchased here:  The get down starts at 10 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St.

It’s time to add some funk for your late night flavor as Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers hit the stage at The Evening Muse performing LIVE! Whether you’ve witnessed this collective of colorful talents or not, come feel the energy as Q and the gang give you an evening jam-packed with avant-garde and soul-stirring poetry, R&B and jazz renditions backed by some incredible instrumental interpolations! Also, be sure to stick around to experience the energy of Nige Hood & The Folk Rap Band! Nige isn’t your average MC. In fact, don’t even consider him part of the norm. With a sound infused with various styles, this Charlotte staple will take you on a mind-bending journey filled with all sorts of vivid lyricism and his sound machine, The Folk Rap Band delivers a sonic punch unlike any other! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 10 and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. The Evening Muse is located at 3227 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Start your Christmas off with some flavor as Blumenthal Performing Arts proudly presents a special remix of a Christmas staple–“The Hip-Hop Nutcracker!” The classic Tchaikovsky tale merged with some elements of hip hop culture takes stage with several dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Digital scenery transforms this timeless story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two performances at 1 and 6:30 p.m. at The Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

This evening, prepare your senses for some musical delight as NABFEME-Charlotte and J Macks Ent. proudly presents Women Who Jam! Come and enjoy this incredible night serves to highlight female music artists from a variety of genres in an entertaining and supportive atmosphere! NABFEME Charlotte will be accepting donations for RAIN in commemoration of World AIDS Day which happens annually on December 1st. RAIN empowers persons living with HIV and those at risk to be healthy and stigma free. Tickets can be purchased here: The jam starts at 6:30 p.m. at Heist Brewery. 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Enjoy some classic holiday soul at A Motown Christmas this evening! Featuring a world-class vocal group, assembled from past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups — The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols, powerful family-oriented show Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics. This show will also feature those famed Motown trademarks — dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed with that memorable, soulful Motown style! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open and 7 and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The McGlohon Theater. 324 College St. in Uptown.



Get your laugh on at Heist Brewery this evening and come out for the December session of the Revolt Comedy Show! Sit back, relax and get ready to laugh away those Monday blues with a hilarious blend of raw and clever comedic performances from Chris Monds, Addy Kapur, Gayle Murray, Staci Lou Askew, Chris Diorio and John Turkel. Hosted by Revolt Comedy ringleader Brian O’Neil! Music will be provided by Black Light the DJ. Admission is $3 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



12/4—12/14 — Chickspeare and Charlotte’s Off Broadway presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told”

12/5—12/14 – Brand New Sheriff Productions presents “Be A Lion”

12/6 – An Evening With Kim & Kayla Waters

12/6—12/7 – Performing Arts & Literary Society presents “The Gift: The Musical”

12/7 – Off The Wall: Wu Tang Forever V.7 feat. The JETA Team

12/7 — 3rd Annual Amplify & Activate Summit: Honoring Ancestry

12/8 – Classic Black Cinema Series presents “A Woman Called Moses”

12/11 — An Evening with Nancy Giles: Life in the 24-Hour News Cycle

12/13 — Sir Abstraxxx presents ¨If Only I Could Kiss You¨

12/13 – JazzArts Charlotte presents The Jazz Room Holiday Edition: Piano Night with the Music of Vince Guaraldi

12/14 — Covers: A Celebration of Album Covers

12/14 – 2019 Chili Cook-Off

12/15 – Bueller’s Christmas Boogie 2019

12/20—12/21 – OnQ Productions presents “A Soulful Noel”

12/21 — View The RIght Thing FIlm + DIscussion Series: Boyz N The Hood

12/21 — Eric Roberson Music Fan First 10th Anniversary Tour

12/21 – AfroPop CLT: Vol. 38


Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend!


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