There's a new LGBT bar in South End named Cathode (CATH-OWED) Azure (AZ-YOUR), and although the name eludes me, the bar is absolutely something new and different. This soon-to-be hotspot, located at 1820 South Blvd #106, is the lovechild of owner Doug Lemmone and his partner and their desire to bring the smooth and sexy vibe of South Beach to Charlotte.
Not surprisingly, there was no shortage of ridiculously good looking people to ogle, and the environment was also conducive for conversation. The layout and ambiance make this is a great spot to meet friends and relax... but then also boogie on furniture if the mood strikes. Doug and crew have managed to successfully create the Miami experience in North Carolina, and it certainly holds up to their concept of providing a refreshing something new and different. Weird name, grand place.
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.
Club kids, try and contain yourselves: LABEL's coming to town.
Designed by world renowned club designer Francois Frossard, along with local architectural firm Mind's Eye Architecture, the 16,000 square foot multimillion dollar space promises an "over the top" layout and interior decor, complemented by state of the art sound, lighting and video. The club counts technologically advanced DJ booths, a lavish lounge, and the area's largest outdoor courtyard (complete with bars, DJ booth, and its own Greek amphitheater) among its amenities.
Noah Lazes, president of ARK Group and the N.C. Music Factory, stated in a press release that "LABEL will be a marquee venue never experienced before in Charlotte...We have always wanted to see the Mega Club at the NC Music Factory and are extremely excited it is finally arriving. Simply put Charlotte has never seen a venue of this size, budget, and scope."
LABEL's primary owners, Lisa Bennett and Robert Ortiz, share Lazes' vision as well as a commitment to giving back and serving the community. As a result of a joint effort with philanthropist Xavier Grier of the nonprofit organization Amped 4-A-Cure, Inc., LABEL will be the home and title sponsor of the long running AMPLIFIED benefit concert series.
The club is set to open just in time for you to take full advantage of summertime shenanigans. Curious? Same here.
A group of ladies from Charlottes Twitter community, the #TweetTarts, attended the opening of the hilarious Celebrity Autobiography at the Blumenthals Booth Playhouse Tuesday night.
Photos by Rhiannon Bowman
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