There's no need to sugar-coat. Sweetness is in the air at Mez and Kazba during its special Candy Land Party, presented by dbraun Promotions, Elevate Lifestyle and Charlotte Seen, this Saturday, July 23. Models will be covered in confectionery and edible attire during a fashion show set to stimulate the sweet tooth. Folks attending should dress in their candy-themed best for blending in with the delicious decor, as well as for a chance at winning a $500 VIP table. Let the game begin. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mez and Kazba at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.mezcharlotte.com.
— Anita Overcash
Jumaane Torrence knows the importance of innovating and then sticking to your guns. That’s what he’s done with his entertainment venue/nightclub Tempo, which celebrates its six year anniversary this Friday, July 22 with a show by Rudy Currence and Ida Divine.
“I think the main thing we can attribute our success to is having a vision beyond the norm,” Torrence explains. “A lot of venues, promoters and establishments kind of piggyback what others are trying to do instead of carving a niche for themselves in the market. My goal here was to just study the market and see what was missing and try to fill a void, and in doing that create your own culture and carve a niche.”
Tempo’s niche is based on their focus to bring in a variety of top performers and artists, instead of just opening the doors and offering drinks and a dance floor.
The club, which is 25 and up, is strict when it comes to the age requirement and their dress code, which prohibits such pieces of apparel as ball caps, jerseys and T-shirts. Torrence points out that it’s important for patrons to know that everyone is held to the same expectations.
Tempo’s success hasn’t been lost on the competition, which at times has tried to copy their formula.
“That’s been our challenge since the day we opened, and that’s why we always try to stay ahead of the pack. There are a lot of venues that have piggybacked our concept, and most of them have failed,” Torrence says. “A lot of venues have opened up saying they’re going to be 25 and up, with dress requirements, and then after the first couple of months they pretty much drop all their standards and pretty much let anyone in just for an extra dollar.”
While Tempo’s success is due in part to staying true to their original concept, Torrence still realizes how important it is to not become stale.
“We don’t want to change our target audience, but instead, to keep them coming back by providing new and fresh ideas for them.”
Fans of late-night TV may only know ?uestlove as "the guy from the Roots with the big afro who plays the drums on Jimmy Fallon's show." But real music heads know that he's also a super-skilled producer (banging out tracks for folks like Erykah Badu and other notables) and a renowned crate-digging DJ who spins at clubs all over the world.
Well, the true heads will be happy to know that Mr. ?uest will be bringing his DJ skills to the Q.C. for a rare, one-night banger at RE:Public on July 16. So bring your ass. And even if you just dig looking at his big 'fro on the boob tube, you should come check him out in the flesh. $15 (in advance). 10 p.m. RE:Public, 314 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-375-0733. www.thsolkitchen.com.
Check out this video, courtesy of Rebrand Media.
You don't always like the music that you hear in the club. Well, this Thursday is your chance to help decide who THE best spinner in Charlotte really is.
Charlotte is the last stop for Red Bull's Thre3Style DJ competition. This Thursday, July 14, seven of the most wanted and begged for DJs will be spinning all in the same place and for the same reason— to win the title of the City's Best DJ and get the chance to move on to the National Finals.
Local DJs competing include DJ Complete, DJ Forge (who was Charlotte's qualifier winner in 2010), Marley Carroll of Mr. Invisible, Dj Soden, DJ AHuf, DJ Scooby, DJ Red and SPCLGST.
A 15 minute spin session will include three different types of music. Judging will be based on choice of songs, creativity, skills and of course the audience's response.
Large and in charge DJ Z-Trip will not only be performing but is also one of the three judges for the contest.
The DJ who earns the title of Charlotte's best will advance to the National Finals held in Las Vegas. The overall winner of the Nationals will then move on to compete in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Red Bull Thre3Style International Final and earn the overall champion title.
This competition isn't about what tricks you can do behind the booth — it's how many hands you raise in the air and how many people get out on the dance floor.
What better place than one of the hottest clubs in Charlotte, Phoenix, to have this event. Doors open at 8 p.m. but the actual competition doesn't start till 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Find out more from watching this video.
If you haven't ever been to a Dirty Mega party before ... it's your lucky week!
Dharma Lounge is having one of the always entertaining and fun Dirty Mega parties on Friday, July 8.
It's going to be a pre-party with popular Charlotte DJ T.P.D. turning it up out on the patio, along with a cookout. Free food will be out for anyone who gets there between 8:30 t0 9:30 p.m.
A high Ollie contest will kick off at 10 p.m. right after the Spawns of Gnar video premiere — so start practicing and get the chance to win $50.
The big cash prize is coming from something a little more creative. Make the best homemade bikini and you could take home $100 cash AND a $100 bar tab ... come on now, who could resist that! First place isn't the only person who will take home a prize, as second place will get $50 gift card to hot spot Niche.
Anyone who enters the contest late will still have a chance — a table with random items will be available to test your bikini-making skills. Feel free to add to the table and bring anything from around your house that you would want to see be made into a bikini.
Dirty mega party boys Thein, Lord Walrus and BLNGXBDGT will be there along with the host Stranger Day.
If you're 21 and older try and get in before 10 p.m. and the P/V Crew will buy you a shot! Drink specials include the normal $2 PBR, $5 Jack and $12 bottles of champagne.
The party starts at 8:30 and ends around 2 a.m. Get in free before 10 p.m. and $5 after for people 18 and up. For any questions or to sign up for either of the contests email DIRTYMEGA@gmail.com.
1440 S. Tryon St. #105
Yelp Charlotte is throwing another one of their great parties, and here's your chance to attend.
You ever notice how a lot of times shops and restaurants put out notice of their upcoming sales and news, but it's never all of your favorite places at the same time? Which means you have to make multiple trips to go get a discount bottle of wine, half off dog bones or buy-one get-one free somethings.
Well, next week on July 9, Yelp is presenting the chance to get a Passport to Selwyn. This weeklong event will include all the local businesses and shops that run along Selwyn Avenue. And you gotta love that, as it brings exposure to a group of shops that deserve it so.
The kick-off party will take place at FABO from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. You'll have the chance to meet the faces behind the local businesses, taste some of their great samples and get a goodie bag from Yelp.
Attending the party will earn you a passport for discounts to the 13 businesses located on Selwyn, including FABO, Mellow Mushroom, Salon on Selwyn and Metro Fitness Club. The deals continue through the week from July 10 t0 July 17. Discounts apply only to passport holders who attend the party, so bring a guest. The event is free, but a donation to Carolina P.A.W.S. (a network of caring citizens who want to help abandoned and abused animals) of $10 is preferred.
On freaky Friday, July 1, The Money in Rock Hill is hosting another one of their Shock-Pop parties, and you should check out the variety of entertainment they've got in store.
As the Facebook invite says, "Come spill your drinks and lose your mind with us at our new brand of Dub Step, Electro Clash, Shock Rock parties. ...Three bars and two dance floors and enclosed patio, sexy gogo girls and live freaky performers."
Do you think you can handle it? There's only one way to find out.
The new wave electronic dance music of Astrid Haven and 2X Tha Madness kicks it up a notch. But the list of musical entertainment isn't even close to being finished. Spinning just for the dance floor are local DJs DJ FrodoFangz, DJ K03-D33N, DeeJae Hentia and DJ Pulse. The patio dance floor and bar DJs include DAN WALL, Will Love, Tony Dubz DREXELL, DJ Linoge and DJ Code.
Your head will be spinning like the DJs turntables from all the energy. A theatrical Gorelesque show, sexy gogo dancers and live performers with light and image shows will be going on throughout the night, along with special Gust Fire and Light Poi Dancers including PaTriK, Blain and Daniel performing outside.
The party is from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. . Tickets are $5/$7 for 18 and up.
110 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill
A party wouldn't be complete without the hottest fashion, but throw in some 80s flair and a runway of girls in nothing but bikinis and you might earn the title "party of the week."
What's a better way to try out a new bar than with drink specials, costume contests and, oh yea, hot models. Models glammed up by Ce Ce Galore and Mizz Mezz will strut their stuff in this year's hottest bikinis. While you're sipping at the bar, you can see what must-haves you're missing in your bikini wardrobe.
(Photo taken from Earth Angel website.)
A $50 gift card to Earth Angel will be given out to the girl who rocks their best '80s chick costume — so bring it on!
Did I mention the cover is free?! Doors open at 10 p.m.
The event is held at The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. Noda.
Normally the last things I expect to see at a Make A Wish Foundation fundraiser are drinking, dancing and playing games. But at this event tonight, that is exactly what you will find, along with a way to win some money.
Make A Wish Foundation is having a fundraiser at TILT (127 W. Trade St.) tonight, June 28. At this event, people will help benefit those in need while having a blast doing it.
At midnight, there will be a 50-50 raffle drawing. This means for all the tickets sold, 50 percent of the total price goes to the winner and the other 50 percent will go to Make A Wish Foundation.
Starting at 8 p.m., this fun-filled fundraiser will have endless things to do. Shots, draft beers and liquor drinks are all only $1. For those of you who don't like to sit around, beer pong tables will be set up on the patio for whoever wants to show off their skills.
For some musical entertainment, DJ Precise is going to tear the turn tables up from 10 p.m. to close. Also at 8 to 10 p.m., a buffet sponsored by Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant will be available.
The fundraiser tickets are $11. If you have any questions call 704-347-4870.
Remember, this is all for a great cause so don't forget to tell your friends!
After having been sick all last week and just returning from a family out-of-town thing, I have to admit, my bones are itching to go out and be submersed in high energy.
Luckily, Sugar Society is putting on a show tonight that, as more than one person commented on Facebook, has a "sick lineup."
09:00-09:45 - Tony Dubz
09:45-10:30 - Dan Wall
10:30-11:15 - Clicks & Whistles
11:15-12:00 - Steve TotalRecall Welborn
12:00-0?:?? - BORGORE
Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased here.
For a sample of Borgore, here's a video. Lyrics are not for the prude at heart.