Black Friday Parties, Live Music, Master of the Mix, and More this Thanksgiving Weekend


Just Blaze (left) returns to Charlotte to host a viewing party at Lux for Master of the Mix, which airs Saturday nights on BET.

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Now that you’ve O.D.’d on food and shopping, keep the Thanksgiving tradition going by enjoying one (or more) of these 10 parties this holiday weekend.

Friday, November 25

Retail Therapy
Take a break from your Black Friday shopping, grab a couple of drinks, and possibly make your shopping easier later. Gift cards to some of your favorite stores will be raffled off. Enjoy drink specials such as $3 Miller Lite bottles and $5 naked cowboy shots all night long. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free. Whisky River, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Su Casa—The November Edition
Billed as “Charlotte’s oasis for the culturally starved,” this monthly event features an eclectic mix of music, including soul, Afrobeat, house, Latin, and more. 9 p.m. Free before 11 p.m.; $5 after. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,, Facebook invite.

Black Friday 3: The Post Thanksgiving Workout
Some of Charlotte’s popular party promoters—BlueGoose, Sol Kitchen, and RoundTable—are offering to be your personal trainers for this holiday. Come out and dance to the music by DJ Skillz. 10 p.m. $10 and up; for VIP tables, Re:Public, 314 N. College St.,,

Flash Friday
Electro, dubstep, and rage music will be on full display by two of Charlotte’s top DJs, R Wonz and Frenzy. You’ll receive free glow gear at the door. 10 p.m. Free until 11 p.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St.,, Facebook invite.

Saturday, November 26

The Black & White Affair: A Post-Holiday Evening of Class
Treat yourself to a night of classic R&B and soul music, with performances by Meli’sa Morgan, Christopher Williams, and Alyson Williams. Hosted by V101.9’s Preston Miles. An after-party follows the concert. Dress to impress in your black and white attire. Presented by Sessions Charlotte. Doors open 8 p.m.; concert begins 9 p.m.; after-party at 11:30 p.m. $40-$80. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.,

Official Master of the Mix Viewing Party with Just Blaze
If you missed the Charlotte taping of an episode of Master of the Mix season two in August, here’s your second chance to get up close to the BET series. Viewing party hosted by renowned producer and MOTM co-star Just Blaze, with music by DJ Mell Starr. Complimentary food and Smirnoff vodka cocktails will be served. 8 p.m. Free admission, but RSVP required by visiting and entering the code 818. Lux, 200 E. Bland St.,

Shableek's Thanksgiving Day Weekend Bash
The Queen City’s own jazz star, Shableek, will be accompanied by a full band. After the show, stick around for the after-party. Doors open 9 p.m.; show starts 10 p.m. $10-$15. Wine Up, 3306 N. Davidson St.,,

Insatiable Saturday
MAZ Entertainment is acclaimed for their holiday parties, and they’re inviting those who have an “insatiable” appetite to over indulge to celebrate a night of pure excess. 10 p.m. Everyone free until 11 p.m.; $10 general admission; $15 skip-line entry. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St.,,

Justin Bright—Party Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank
Atlanta DJ Justin Bright leads this feel-good party, along with Dharma staples Buckmaster and Nat Eichler. To be admitted free, simply bring a non-perishable canned good (or pay $5 at the door) to help out families in need this holiday season through Second Harvest Food Bank. 10 p.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,

Saturday Night Party with DJ J. Overcash
This new weekly event has rocked Saturday nights over the last few weeks. Enjoy good music, good food, and an esteemed beer selection. 10 p.m. Free admission and free parking. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, at NC Music Factory, 920 Hamilton St.,

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