The Rundown: Things to Do Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3

By: Shawn D. Allison, II

The wait is over Brothers and Sisters—CIAA Tournament 2019 is here! There’s all sorts of hotness to get into this weekend, but for this particular Special Edition of The Rundown, yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller, wanted to keep it in the community. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and I know you will not be disappointed with what your eyes are about to read. If you want to know the most reasonably priced events happening this weekend, please peep my “Hot List” just below.


  • THURSDAY – Dance Your Fit 90s R&B Dance Workshop at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios
  • THURSDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents The XMEN – A LIVE Vibe at The Rabbit Hole
  • FRIDAY— Kid Capri Mix Master Tip-Off Day Party
  • FRIDAY—SUNDAY — Dupp & Swat’s CIAA ShopCLT Market
  • FRIDAY – Tom Joyner Morning Show CIAA Sky Show at Charlotte Convention Center
  • FRIDAY – BBOC presents Black Food Truck Friday CIAA Tournament Edition at Recess CLT
  • FRIDAY – The RELEASE! Tournament Weekender Tale Of 2 Cities/Blow Your Head at Snug Harbor
  • FRIDAY — STR8 HOUSE – CI Music Weekend Edition at Crown Station
  • FRIDAY – SATURDAY — Tournament Weekend Midnight Brunch Buffet at Cuzzo’s Cuisine
  • SATURDAY–SUNDAY – Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Tournament Weekend Brunch at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
  • SATURDAY – USB Roulette at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents House Iz My Release ft Lady Alma & Terry Hunter/OutKast on a Quest at Crown Station
  • SATURDAY – The 3rd Annual Hillman Day Party at Centerstage NoDa
  • SATURDAY – Sisters In Song: Saluting Music’s Greatest Divas at Spirit Square
  • SATURDAY – Off The Wall presents “Sincerity: An Ode to Mary J. Blige & Nas” feat. DJ Shakim at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY – Single Saved & Serious Movement’s “3rd Annual Tournament Sunday Gospel Brunch”
  • SUNDAY – I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party: CIAA Sunday Edition at Explicit Bistro & Lounge


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Before you hit the QC streets this weekend, give your body a tournament treatment of its own at the Dance Your Fit 90s R&B Dance Workshop! Join host and choreographer C’Yo J. Brown along with national MixxedFit trainer and educator Keecha for 60 fun-filled minutes of exercises set to the hottest uptempo R&B jams of the 90s! And there’s more – special guest choreographer, dancer and entertainer Jamil will be on hand to teach you the steps of the iconic Kid N’ Play dance from the classic film “House Party!” Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Three Bone Theatre is proud to welcome you to the Charlotte premiere of “By The Water”, a new play by Sharyn Rothstein and directed by Ron Law. Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong Staten Island home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved community is in danger of disappearing forever. When the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. With fierce compassion and poignant humor, “By The Water” reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be three performances this weekend: Thursday (2/28), Friday (3/1) and Saturday (3/2) all beginning promptly at 8 p.m. All shows will be held at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Join Porsha the Poet as she hosts Lyrical Healing Open Mic Poetry this evening! Do you have a talent? Showcase it. Do you have friends? Bring them. Do you have positive energy? Share it and spread love among all as you experience the artistic vibrancy of some of the QC’s brightest creative vocal and verbalizing beacons of light. Admission is FREE to attend and there will be cocktail specials all night long. The show will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. at Negril Social Restaurant & Lounge. 3428 N. Tryon St.

Tonight, the funk hits the floor as Jazz N’ Soul Music proudly presents The XMEN – A LIVE Vibe! This powerhouse quartet of acclaimed instrumentalists, complimented with the sultry and soulful vocals of Ahji Love is sure to add some delight to your Thursday night! Get ready for a ride into the world of riveting original tunes and remixed covers of lots of your favorite contemporary classics from yesteryear! There will also be a special performance from singer/songwriter Emily Sage and some extra musical surprises throughout the evening. Hosted by Quentin Talley. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 9 p.m. at The Rabbit Hole. 1901 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #JazzNSoulMusic



Everyone come out to the Charlotte Convention Center for a special LIVE broadcast of The Tom Joyner Morning Show CIAA Sky Show! Join The Fly Jock, the lovely Sybil Wilkes and a host of special guests as they broadcast their legendary radio show one last time in Charlotte before retiring later this year! There will be giveaways, music, mini-contests and much more! Doors open at 5:30 a.m. and will be closed promptly at 6 a.m. 501 S. College St. in Uptown.   #TJMS



Everyone slide over to one of the QC’s most beloved spots, Dupp & Swat as they host the CIAA ShopCLT Market! This is the spot to cop the flyest threads, jewelry, accessories, explore a variety of vendors and get engaged with notables, enjoy cocktails, guest DJs, food trucks, featured networking mixers and much more! The operating hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, 2/15, Saturday, 2/16 and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, 2/17. Dupp & Swat is located at 223 S. Brevard St. in Uptown.   #duppandswat



Powered By GME, Mr. 305 Entertainment, OutenLove Events and 5 Boro Ent. are ready to set things off this tournament weekend with the Kid Capri Mix Master Tip-Off Day Party! It’s all the way live as Hip Hop legend DJ Kid Capri rocks the house with his infectious and unforgettable flavor spinning all of the hottest joints! And before he takes the stage, experience some true school sonic frequencies from one of Charlotte’s own Zen masters of music, Soul Brother DJ Justice! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 12 noon at Wild Wing Café. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.



Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) continues their mission of recycling our coins back into our community and this afternoon get your stomachs revved up at Recess CLT for Black Food Truck Friday CIAA Tournament Edition! Charlotte, bring all your friends and family from all over for an evening of fun as you dine from some of the city’s finest and most delicious Chocolate culinary chariots, scoop up some cool fashions and trinkets from local vendors, have chances to win cool prizes and boogie on down to the sounds of DJ Steel Wheel! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 4 p.m. Recess CLT is located at 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #BBOC



Spend your Friday night on the jazz tip as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art proudly presents a special edition of Jazz at the Bechtler! In-house band, The Ziad Jazz Quartet proudly welcomes the classic jazz stylings of legendary jazz musician T.S. Monk to the stage for a night of music magic! Best known as the son of one of jazz’s greatest dignitaries, Thelonious Monk, T.S. Monk has carved and impressive niche in the world of music making a solid mark in the worlds of jazz, R&B and funk. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two performances this evening at 6 and 8:15 p.m. The Bechtler is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.



It’s all things House at Snug Harbor tonight as The Hit Agency proudly presents The RELEASE! Tournament Weekender Tale Of 2 Cities! House heads from New Jersey and Chicago come down and get down on the good foot with the best of classic and soulful House music, R&B, Soul, Funk, Deep House and much more! Representing Brick City will be Raw Substance’s Charles Gatling and Johnnie Davis – and reppin’ Chi-Town is none other than Jackmaster Gary Wallace and Chosen Few DJs’ legend Wayne Williams! Tickets can be purchased here: The music starts at 9 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



If you desire some more House flavor this evening, gather your crew and head down to Crown Station as Unified Souls proudly presents the November session of STR8 HOUSE – CI Music Weekend Edition! Join the Unified Souls team — DJs Badala B and Tony Cutlass, special guest and Atlanta House pioneer Salah Ananse and beautiful vocalist Keisha Hall as they give your Saturday night a jolt of sonic juice with the best of House, Deep House, Downtempo, Soul cuts all night long! This jam will be hosted, the ever-fine and fly Brooklyn Stace! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



OutenLove Events, Mr. 305 Events and High Society CLT is ready to turn up the heat this Friday with Twerk & Whine Game Night! Bring all of your crew out to Recess CLT for an evening full of nonstop partying with some “fiyah” Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop and Dancehall tunes provided by my man DJ Heff! Hookah, games and cocktail specials will be in effect all night long. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 10 p.m. Recess CLT is located at 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.



For some different sonic flavor in the QC this weekend, come out to Snug Harbor for the March session of “Blow Your Head!” Join local musicians and cultural activists DJs Flock of Slagles and Jah Freedom spinning an entire vinyl set of Funk, Soul, Boogie, Garage, House and Rare Grooves for your listening pleasures! Admission is FREE to attend and be ready to dance! The event starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 District.   #BlowYourHead



While you’re out partying this weekend, the fine folks at Cuzzo’s Cuisine are ready to give your stomach some late-night joy presenting the Tournament Weekend Midnight Brunch Buffet! Slide away minutes from Uptown and head over to one of the QC’s finest culinary establishments as Chef Andarrio Johnson and crew provide you with a specialty buffet with red velvet waffles, shrimp & grits, World Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese and much more! For carry out orders, please call (980)-298-6811. The buffet will be open from 12 midnight – 4 a.m. on Friday 3/1 and Saturday 3/2. Cuzzo’s Cuisine is located at 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd.





Charlotte, get ready for the ultimate brunch experience as The Culture Cooperative and Africana Connections proudly presents the Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Tournament Weekend Brunch! This Saturday and Sunday, join The Dynamic DJ Kato and friends for a weekend full of NONSTOP daytime flavor as they give you a colorful cornucopia of music ranging from Afrobeats, Soca, House, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dancehall, R&B, Afro-Trap, Afro-House and much, much more! Also, the kitchen will be sizzling up the scene with all sorts of savory meal and cocktail specials! Tickets for each event can be purchased here: Both events will be held at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant beginning at 11 a.m. 3112 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Bring the tribe down to The Gantt Center this morning for the March installment of their Family First Workshop Series! Today’s workshop, entitled, “Poetry In Action” will feature hands-on interaction and instruction from local poetry and educational collective, Guerilla Poets. In collaboration with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Community Read, this in-depth workshop led by Guerilla Poets members and artists Nikii Vonn, Jah Smalls and Tarik Kiley aka “Mixed Thoughts” will lead participants to explore the comparison between the book and film The Hate U Give to the music and poetry of Tupac Shakur. There will be a poetry exercise based on self-reflection and an art exercise on the dichotomy of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s abstract art (defining our individual reality). Admission is $5 for general admission and FREE for Gantt Center members. Ticket purchases/RSVPs can be made here: The workshop will begin at 11 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.



For far too long, the generation gap in the Black community has pitted the elders against the youth. Today, be part of a new initiative to help mend wounds in our community as Operation Education proudly presents “Bridging the Gap: An Elder Celebration.” This family-friendly event will feature quality food, fun, fellowship, live entertainment and a Sankofa Marketplace with youth vendors. Also, there will be information presented about elder care, primary care, mental health, housing and more important factors. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Grier Heights Community Center. 3100 Leroy St.



Calling all Bears, Rams, Golden Bulls, Falcons, Vikings, Trojans, Broncos and every other alumni in the CIAA, join The Sol Kitchen, Talk of the City and R&R Productions as they host the Tournament Alumni Day Party! It’s tournament time and you’re invited to come rep your school with pride, network, flirt and maybe even twerk a bit as DJ Tramare aka “Hot Rod” and The Mighty DJ DR rocks the house with a special blend of musical mixes that’ll have you reminiscing about your days in college! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. at Queen Park Social. 4125 Yancey Rd.



Powered By GME and Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment are ready to kick your CIAA weekend experience up to the max as they proudly present the DMV Tourney Day Party! Before things take off to Baltimore in a couple of years, come and feel some authentic Chocolate City flavor as Charlotte’s premiere Go-Go band Uptown Swagga and DC’s very own Suttle giving your ears a hearty taste of musical mumbo sauce! Also, be sure to stick around as DJ Polo rocks the house with a special blend of hits and classics from all eras and genres! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 1 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.



If you want to step away from all the madness and mayhem in Uptown, join the School of Jai as they host The Get Down Day Party! Come out for this community culture jam and enjoy an afternoon of friends, family, food and fellowship with B-Boys & B-Girls, classic Hip Hop, an open mic and more creative entities raising positive vibrations abroad! Admission is $10 through CashApp: $flypoet and $20 at the door. The party starts at 1 p.m. at The Post Sports Bar & Grill. 4809 S. Tryon St.



This afternoon, come and release yourselves from the hustle and bustle in Uptown this weekend and join Issa Vibe Adventures for the Issa Hike Crowders Mountain Journey! Join other group hikers as you head upwards to the Crowder’s Mountain summit leaving negative energy along the trail and renewing your mind, body and spirit with Mother Nature. Please bring non-perishable items that do not require cooking, snacks, water and a light lunch. FREE admission and you will meet at Crowder’s Mountain beginning at 1 p.m. For questions or concerns day of the event, call or text 919-672-9875. 522 Park Office Ln. in Gastonia.



This afternoon, head over to Tip Top Daily Market and join my homie Sweetestcape for a totally all-new concept/game entitled, USB Roulette! In honor of Women’s History Month, this interactive and organic showcase will feature four of the QC’s hottest female sound selectors —Jade Bombay, Micki Blendz, Domii and Sativaslcts 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.



The coolest crew known as Radio Rehab Carolinas is back in full effect droppin’ with two dope digs for you this weekend! First up, come be free as the power of music lifts you as we present “House Iz My Release” ft Lady Alma & Terry Hunter this afternoon! It’s all things House Music with powerhouse vocalist Lady Alma and supersonic sound masters Jackmaster Gary Wallace and Chosen Few DJs’ Terry Hunter giving your ears an extra jolt of juice! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 2 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Relive your days back in college on “The Yard” with Prive’ Marketing Group as they present to you The 3rd Annual Hillman Day Party! This premiere celebratory entertainment concept aims to captures the feeling from some of your best days in life spent on HBCU campuses featuring heavy bass Hip Hop and R&B classics, network connections, beautiful people and a few celebrity sightings all in a feel good high energy upbeat environment! There will be light hors d’oeuvres, an open cigar lounge space and a VIP loft. For VIP tables, please call: (317)-910-4537. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 1 p.m. and will be held at Centerstage at NoDa. 4315 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



It’s time to take a musical flight overseas with Paradice Ent. and The Dynamic DJ Kato as they proudly present Passport: Global Riddims Day Party – Tournament Edition! Feel the flavor of various musical styles with Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 3 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St.



The Sol Kitchen and The Jazz Diva, Tammy Greene are ready to add some elegance to this eventful weekend as they present “Sisters In Song: Saluting Music’s Greatest Divas!” Join a special trio of alluring, gorgeous and multitalented vocalists — Kathleen J. Bertrand, Julie Dexter and Rhonda Thomas as they give your earholes the greatest pleasures with intoxicating renditions of R&B/Soul classics from Phyllis Hyman, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Jill Scott and Nancy Wilson. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 8 and the show will begin at 9 p.m. at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.



Radio Rehab Carolinas revs things back up at Crown Station this evening as we present the second installment of Outkast on a Quest CLT! Come and bob your head as hometown heroes The Infamous DJ Boney B and The Mighty DJ DR spin a stupid supersonic mashup of hits, remixes, B-sides, samples, interpolations and album cuts from two of Hip Hop’s most beloved groups, OutKast and A Tribe Called Quest! Then, stick around for some funky instrumental covers of the two legendary groups from Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers! Your host for the evening is none other than the great Emmy Award-winning creative Bluz. Tickets can be purchased here: The jump off is at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.   #RadioRehabCarolinas



Alright family, this Saturday night—the party you DO NOT want to miss! Everyone head over to Petra’s and join The JETA Team for a super dope session of Off The Wall entitled “Sincerity: An Ode to Mary J. Blige & Nas!” Join Chief Rocka AkingAllah, Soul Brother DJ Justice and SPECIAL guest/longtime collaborator and New Edition/Bell Biv Devoe’s official tour maestro DJ Shakim for a night of unparalleled sonic frequency as they spin a myriad of melodies and musical memories in Classic Golden Era Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Pop, Reggae, Funk, Rare Joints, Remixes and an incredible tribute blend honoring the timeless tunes of Nas and The Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige! And there’s more — if you want to chill out, my girl and one of Charlotte’s finest ladies on the wheels of steel, the lovely DJ DK will be on the back patio spinning a colorful collective of downtempo and soulful grooves!!!Tickets are $10 can be purchased here: The jump off is at 9 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #OffTheWall704 #TheJETATeam





The Single Saved & Serious Movement is proud to invite you out to The Belle Grille for the 3rd Annual Tournament Sunday Gospel Brunch! Cap off this eventful and exciting tournament week with an afternoon of clean comedy, faith-filled music from Hymz & Metaphors and DJ 300! Share your HBCU and tournament memories as you feast upon a delectable brunch menu with cocktail specials. Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. The event will begin at 10 a.m. The Belle Grille is located at 3200 Weddington Rd. in Matthews.   #SSSMoves



Start your Sunday off with some throwback flavor and come out to the I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party: CIAA Sunday Edition! Moxie Society invites you out to enjoy an afternoon of fine Southern cuisine, top shelf drink specials, fellowship and music! Step Black into time with DJ Loui Vee rockin’ out the best of 90’s Hip Hop and R&B cuts and take a gander at the special guest artist/painter Frank Kernes creating some of his wondrous art in front of your eyes. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 11 a.m. and will be held at Explicit Bistro & Lounge. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. near Uptown.  #MoxieSociety



Ok, I get it. You’re tired and probably all liquored up from the weekend. But if you want to add just a tad bit more excitement for this weekend, join Black Singles in CLT as they host the Hangover Brunch & Day Party! Gather your crew and slouch you way over to Recess CLT for an afternoon of a delectable Southern brunch, cocktail specials, including $5 margaritas and $20 champagne bottles for mimosas. Tunes will be provided by DJ Phalse ID and DJ Blanco. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 12 noon at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



While everyone is still moseying around on the ground, enjoy the view from above as Lady Promoter Promotions presents DayJaVu Day Party Rooftop Finale! Enjoy the sights of Uptown from an elevated point of view as you cool out with your crew drinking specialty cocktails and brews while enjoying a myriad of timeless classics and Top 40 tunes from DJ 2 Timez, DJ Quest and DJ Freedom! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Rooftop 210. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.



Calling all my fly girls with curves and the fellas who adore them – join MG Life Productions for the Epic Sunday CIAA Tournament BBW Mixer! Enjoy a grown and mature afternoon of fun and fellowship as some of the baddest, boldest and beautiful BBW models grace the place giving everyone more reasons to love more what you can handle! There will be a guest DJ spinning on the decks and cocktail specials to enhance this experience. Dress code is “grown & sexy” – no athletic gear. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. at Empire Lounge. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.



Moxie Society invites you out to Firehouse Bar & Lounge to cap off your eventful weekend with, “Sippin On Sundays – The Tournament Weekend Finale!” Relax in this snazzy Uptown QC venue with delicious food, drink specials, hookah, music from DJ Puff rockin’ on the 1s and 2s. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The party begins at 4 p.m. Firehouse Bar & Lounge is located at 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown.



Coalition DJs Carolina and Platinum Plus Recording invites you out to Red @ 28th for the Soulful Sundays 5th Anniversary Party! Bring all your friends out and celebrate one of the QC’s longest running Sunday cool-downs featuring the talents of vocalist Tiffanie McCall, sets from DJ Strategy and DJ K-Spinz, live artwork from Jade the Artist and other creative surprises! Also, this doubles as a celebration because it is also the two-year anniversary of one of the city’s fastest-growing promotion and marketing firms, SociaLight, Inc.! The event will begin at 8 p.m. 9539 Pinnacle Dr.




3/6 — Levine Museum of The New South presents “Taste of The New South”

3/8 — International Women’s Day Celebration

3/8 — Bound Women: A Conversation About Imprisoned Women of Color

3/8 – 3/9 – Step Afrika!

3/9 — THE B.I.G.G.I.E. BRUNCH | Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch’s Grape

3/9 — POPPA | The 8th Annual Notorious BIG & Bad Boy Tribute

3/10 – Classic Black Cinema Series presents “Buck and the Preacher”

3/10 – The Sol Kitchen presents Robert Glasper at The Fillmore

3/15 — Culture + Kicks: The Intersection of Sneakers & Justice

3/23 — 19th Annual Black History Concert: Women Movers of the Movement

3/23 — The Queens of Soul Jazz – Jeanette Harris and Althea Rene

3/25 — Knocturnal Presents: Tha Alkaholiks


“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.”   –Michael Jordan


Everyone have a fun, festive and safe CIAA Tournament weekend! Peace.


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