Common Market South End on a Thursday night? Sure, why not. (Photos by Kennieth Holmes)
The 8th Annual White Trash Party was held at the Chop Shop on Aug. 25, 2012, featuring performances by Iron Cordoba, the Brown Liquor Pickers and DJ Mountin' Dewde. (Photos by Lindsey Nash)
Mez at the Epicentre hosted a Vampires night featuring plenty of fang-wearers and an appearance by True Blood's Natasha Alam. (photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
Bar Charlotte held a Glow Paint Party on Aug. 24 with music by DJ Dirty. (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
An old fashion cock fight and tent revival was held at the Common Market in Plaza Midwood on Aug. 22, 2012. The proceeds went to eight local dog rescues. (Photos by Lindsey Nash)
With great lament, I announce that a Charlotte institution is in its final days. The doors to The Breakfast Club will close indefinitely on Sunday, Sept. 9. After 11 years of “Rad” '80s-infused, break dancing, neon, wall-to-wall-mirrored, heavily-poured-signature-beverage-fuelled good times, my most beloved dance venue is saying goodbye.
Last week I had a conversation with owner and arguably the best DJ ever in the world, Jody Jam, who explained that due to the fact that the lease is up in the current and discernible location on Caldwell Street, he decided to close the doors and start a new venture uptown. Jody, having only missed three Saturdays of DJing magic in 10 years, says that the departure is “emotional” and that he has loved his time at The Breakfast Club.
“I thrive on seeing Charlotteans have a great time," he says. "The Breakfast Club was a nightclub for everyone, even people who don’t typically go to nightclubs. There is no velvet rope, no VIP areas, it’s come as you are and we leave the pretentious behind.”
Indeed. I have personally spent some of the best nights of my Charlotte youth, and many birthdays, getting my sweaty handprints all over the floor-to-ceiling mirrors (sorry Jody) at The Breakfast Club. In fact, I have such affection for it, that writing this article feels much like what I expected writing my first eulogy would feel. I credit this adoration to the fact that Jody and his staff have created a successful consistency in atmosphere, music and experience over the last decade. The Breakfast Club has always been my choice of location to take visitors to Charlotte because I’m confident that I’m not taking a gamble on the “hit or miss” culture that abounds at many other nightlife spots about town. I know exactly what I’m getting when I walk in the door, and in a way after all these years, it’s much like entering a friend’s house ... a friend who is endearingly stuck in the 80s and loves black lighting. A friend who knows the song you want to hear before you scream it over the current song. A friend who encourages you to dress in public costumes, whip your hair and mimic that scene from Flashdance or Footloose again and again.
Creative Loafing hosted its Love & Lust lingerie party at Suite on Aug. 17. Not enough partygoers busted out their lingerie, in our humble opinion. (Photos by Kennieth Holmes)
Pop Life was held at Re:Public on Aug. 8, featuring a soundtrack provided by DJ Sense. (Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh)
A Bikini Beach Bash fashion show was held at Suite on Aug. 3, 2012.
Red Moon Entertainment and Poppin' Paul hosted a street dance competition, Raw Material 2, on Aug. 4 at The Chop Shop in NoDa. Competitors break-danced, popped, krumped and everything else we can't do. (Photos by Kennieth Holmes. Video by Kim Lawson)