2013 CIAA Week Parties and Events: Friday, March 1
Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the weeklong 2013 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
Dozens of celebrities come to Charlotte each year during CIAA Week, such as rappers T.I. and Nelly making a joint appearance at a party in 2012.
Compiled by Jarvis Holliday, @HollidayInk
The annual CIAA Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the eighth consecutive year, with events scheduled from February 25 to March 3, 2013. While there will be five days of college basketball games going on between the men's and women's teams of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) at Time Warner Cable Arena, the many surrounding events and parties create just as much excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors.
Below is a list of events scheduled for Friday, March 1. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased at many of the websites as well.
# Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event.
This list will be updated weekly with additional events, so check back soon.
Friday, March 1
# Yolanda Adams Morning Show
It’s a CIAA Tournament tradition for locals and visitors alike to get up early on this Friday morning to be a part of a nationally syndicated radio show’s broadcast. Grammy Award–winning singer turned radio personality Yolanda Adams is a fan favorite, and you can expect surprise celebrity guests to appear. 5:30-10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org.
# Food Lion Health and Wellness Symposium
Receive healthy living and eating tips and products from experts. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Practice Court at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
# CIAA Women’s Semifinals
Basketball action continues between the final four women’s teams. 1 and 3 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
Third-Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival (February 28-March 2)
The CBFF presents three days of film screenings, film-industry focused workshops and panel discussions, networking events, and the Vision Awards, which celebrate the work of African American filmmakers. See website for schedule and ticket prices. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St., charlotteblackfilmfestival.com.
# CIAA Toyota Fan Experience
It’s a full schedule of events and activities for fans, including prize and ticket giveaways, car displays, video games and interactive zones, cooking exhibitions, celebrity appearances, and performances by popular hip-hop and R&B artists. 5-10 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org.
Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night
Enjoy this time of diversity and culture with people who just want to dance. Expect Afro-Cuban and Latin-influenced dancing such as salsa, bachata, meringue, and cha-cha. Light snacks and cash bar available. 7-11 p.m. $10; $15 for couples. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., mintmuseum.org.
Sol: The Hottest Day Party–CI Edition
Party with the lights on to the sounds of music played by True School’s Cuzzin B. Presented by ForWard Vision Group. 1-6 p.m. $20; VIP tables available. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St., fvgpresents.com/soldayparty.
The Day Party of All Day Parties Part 1
Party all day, with music by Jus Once, DJ K-Nyce, and DJ Hollywood. Ages 30 and up preferred. Presented by BossMan Entertainment. Noon. $20 in advance. Dillinger's Taproom, 214 N. Church St., bossmanentertaiment.org.
It’s a day party at a posh lounge, with music by DJ Kool Sheed. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment and The Damn Salon. Noon-6 p.m. General admission $20; VIP $40. Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., b4l2013.eventbrite.com.
The Epitome Deux
Party all day and night in one location. Music by DJ Fatz. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. Noon-2 a.m. General admission $20; VIP $40. Mortimer’s Cafe & Pub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., b4l2013.eventbrite.com.
Top of the Top: The EpiCentre Rooftop Day Party
Your trendy daywear is requested as you party in the heated, enclosed rooftop venue. Presented by Culture19 Entertainment. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up; VIP tables available. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
# CIAA Men’s Semifinals
Basketball action continues between the final four men’s teams. 7 and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
# CIAA Step Show Throwdown: Greeks vs. Greeks
It’s a sold-out event each year. Watch steppers from fraternities and sororities representing HBCUs from around the country compete for the grand prize. Hosted by Power 98's No Limit Larry. Doors open, 7:30 p.m.; show time, 9 p.m. $30. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr., ciaastepshows.com.
Party in the multiple levels of this uptown nightclub. Music by DJ Storm and DJ Cuttz. Presented by The Execs and Nick “PrimeTime” Ingram. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. General admission $20; VIP $40. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., ego-ci13-phoenix.eventbrite.com.
CI Sexy Part 1
It’s a party for the 30-and-older crowd, with Old School 105.3 FM’s Stacey Blackman. Late-night kitchen and outdoor patio. Presented by Carolina 30. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Bull & Barrister,
3615 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd., carolina30.com.
50 Shades of Blue
Mix, mingle, dance, and converse over signature cocktails with the area’s most notable trendsetters. Presented by Rickmond Media, FAZE Inc., and The Grays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., bluefriday2013.eventbrite.com.
Third-Annual Ciroc & Bad Boy Ent. DJ SNS Day Party
This popular day party returns at a new, larger location, featuring music by DJ SNS. Presented by Eddleton Events, J&J Ent. Group, and DJ Biggs. 1-7 p.m. $20. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St., djsnsfridaydayparty.eventbrite.com.
The Eighth Annual Déjà Vu
Digital Divas has hosted this day party each year since the CIAA Tournament came to Charlotte. Music by DJ Daddy D. Sponsored by Remy Martin. 1-7 p.m. $15 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St. (corner of Fifth and College streets), digitaldivasevents.com.
Come ready to party, with music by DJ Skillz and DJ DR. Presented by Sol Kitchen, BlueGoose, and Roundtable Ent. 1-7 p.m. $15 and up. Howl at the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thesolkitchen.com.
Gorgeous at the Ritz
Party inside a gorgeous ballroom with beautiful views of the city. Music by DJ Bro Rabb and DJ Pyro. Presented by King Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25-$55; VIP tables available. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St., kingentevents.com.
Hall Pass: Rooftop Day Party
Make it a “no-working day” and party on this rooftop, where a glass dance floor will cover the pool. Music by DJ Dexter Dynamite. Presented by King Entertainment. Noon-6 p.m. $15. Hyatt House Uptown, 435 E. Trade St., kingentevents.com.
Celebrity Takeover with 2 Chainz
One of the hottest rappers will perform live. Music by Power 105.1 FM’s DJ Self. Presented by BET, Digital Divas, Kenny Johnson, Face Jay, and One Goal Productions. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $25 and up; VIP cabanas and tables available. The Oasis Party at the Tent, 514 N. College St. (between Eighth and Ninth streets) , 2chainzliveatthetent.eventbrite.com.
Snazzi's Go-Go Experience
Party along to authentic go-go music, played live by the Let It Flow band from Washington, D.C., along with the Snazzi Band. Presented by Snazzi Entertainment. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Delta’s Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St., deltasrestaurant.com.
Friday Night Unchained: DMV DJ Takeover
Two popular DJs from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia area) will rock this party: DJ Quicksilva and DJ Jay Claxton. Presented by Sol Kitchen, BlueGoose, and Roundtable Ent. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Howl at the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thesolkitchen.com.
I Luv the ’90s with DJ Jazzy Jeff
After an opening set by DJ Tron, the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff will do what he does best. Hosted by Skillz. Presented by Dynasty 5, BestFriendz, and Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $30 and up; VIP tables available. Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St., eventbee.com/v/iluvthe90s.
CI Takeover: After Hours (March 1 and 2)
This party goes into the wee hours of the morning each night. Featuring an open bar and complimentary food. Music by DJ Casper. Presented by Wylie K & Friends, Seek Abundance, and KMH Group. Midnight-6 a.m. $25 and up. Charlotte Trolley Museum, 1507 Camden Rd., citakeover.eventbrite.com.
Third Annual Ciroc Boyz Celebrity Takeover
This exclusive event caters to the stylish and tastemakers of the East Coast. Come celebrate the Ciroc culture, hosted by Big Tigger with music by DJ SNS and DJ Quick Silva. Presented by Ciroc Boyz. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Whiskey River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., cirocboyz.eventbrite.com.
Friday Night Live III
You have the choice of enjoying two parties on two levels, with two superior DJs: DJ Paradime representing the Carolinas while Heavy Hitters member Lonnie B from 92.1 FM in Richmond will be representing the DMV. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $30 to skip line; VIP tables available. BlackFinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., fnl3.eventbrite.com.
Seventh-Annual Charlotte Takeover
Get ready for an exclusive go-go concert, featuring two of D.C.’s best bands: Familiar Faces and Black Alley. They’ll be joined by a special guest DJ. Presented by PhatCat Productions. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $40. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., charlottetakeover2013.eventbrite.com.
Day Party Headquarters Part 1
It’s a 12-hour extended day party, drawing some of the largest crowds each year. Party on three levels, with music by six DJs, along with 40 TVs, 10 pool tables, and six bars. Live bands go on at 8 p.m. Presented by Talk of the Town. Noon-midnight. $20 and up. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St., talkofthetownent.com.
The Art and Style Lounge
Check out this interactive, art-inspired lifestyle shopping affair, created to showcase the talents of various artists and designers from around the country while raising funds for a great cause. Everything from handcrafted jewelry and unique apparel to original paintings and artwork will be on hand. Guests will be greeted by fashionable models serving tasty hors d’oeuvres, spirits, and desserts, while live musicians will perform. Presented by Mylestone Productions. Noon-6 p.m. $10. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., artandstylelounge.com.
Friday Night Vegas
It’s a mature red-carpet affair, with music by DJ Twan G. The pizza and pasta bar will be open for you to order from, and also select from the great cocktail menu. Presented by Eddietainment, Money Gang, and Ryan Cameron Douglas. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $15 and up; VIP tables available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., vegasvapiano.eventbrite.com.
It’s a 14-hour, nonstop party, with music by four DJs: Paradime, Ngenius, Danny Dee, and LS One. Order drinks from multiple bars, and the food menu will be available. Presented by The Sol Kitchen, M. Simmons, Dynasty 5, RoundTable Ent., and Rickmond Media. Noon-2 a.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., eventbee.com/v/mayhem.
The Warm Up
Special guests will include Super Bowl champions. Music by DJ Savvy, and drink specials will be served. Presented by DC Entertainment Group and JB Productions. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 in advance. El Veracruz, 391 Towne Centre Blvd., ciaathewarmup.eventbrite.com.
Southern Royalty Featuring Mystikal, Juvenile, and Partners-N-Crime
It’s a concert and party with some of your favorite New Orleans rappers. Presented by Heartland Ent. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25; VIP tables available. CenterStage @ NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St., southernroyalty.com.
Red Alert 100th Day Party
Come celebrate 100 years of history with the distinctive women of Crimson and Cream, better known as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Music by DJ Jon Quick, DJ Big Rob, DJ Spin, and DJ Focus. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. Noon-7 p.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available. 505 (formerly Kalu Lounge), 505 E. Sixth St., charged.fm/cidayparty1.
Day Party Explosion
Mingle with a mature and elite crowd while dining on delectable food and great drinks. Music by Ciroc Boyz’s DJ Quicksilva and DJ Frosty of Columbia. Presented by Eddietainment, Pearl Vision Group, and the Essences of Purple & Gold. Noon-7 p.m. $15 in advance; $30 to skip line. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., daypartyexplosion.eventbrite.com.
The New York Connection Old School Mix and Mingle
A mature party for the 30-and-older crowd, featuring music by DJ Stacy Blackman and DJ Aaron S. Hosted by Steve Fountain, Charlie Davis, and Jessie Scott. Presented by The New York Connection. 1-6 p.m. $20 in advance. Delta’s Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St., newyorkconnectionciaa2013.eventbrite.com.
South Meck. Friends and Family Gathering
Enjoy an old-school gathering with music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a spades tournament. Presented by A Fat Boy Production. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 in advance. Rameses Temple 51, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd., afatboyproduction.com.
The Movie with Lance Gross
Against a beautiful backdrop, guests will party with actor Lance Gross, with music by DJ Frosty. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment, Taz Events, and Fenesse Muzik. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $30; VIP tables available. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., sixfigureentertainment.com.
Everybody Loves Hookah! Day Party
Music by DJ Shaun Nyce and DJ Emanon. Hosted by Mugsy the CEO. Presented by 12 Ent., Str8swagg Entertainment, and The KMH Group. Noon-6 p.m. $20 and up. Red @ 28th, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112A, everybodyloveshookah.eventbrite.com.
The Urban Collection Fashion Show
Come for the fashion, stay for the party. Fashion show will feature Brooklynn's Finest Apparel, DRC ApeParel, Infinite Style, Exclusiv Endz, and Brooke Watson of Premier Designs Jewelry. There will also be performances by several artists and music by DJ 300. Complimentary food will be served along with a cash bar. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 in advance. Dupp&Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112B, thecollectionshow.eventbrite.com.
Dawn to Dusk Extended Day Party Edition
Featuring live music by DaMixx Band, Walker Redds Project featuring Frank Sirius, and Ms. Yendy and the &ffiliated Project. Special guests include Sugar Bear and DJ Big John. Hosted by Billy da Kidd. Presented by Best of the Best Entertainment Group. 6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $20 in advance. Charlotte Trolley Museum, 1507 Camden Rd., facebook.com/events/419585271452820.
Flashback FriDay Party—Extended Version
Come kick it with special guests Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee. Music by Urban Legends DJs Tron and C-Rob. Order from the full food menu, drink specials, and enjoy bowling. Presented by Bestfriendz and Triad Old School. Noon-7:30 p.m. $20 and up. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., flashbackfriday.eventbrite.com.
Enjoy complimentary moscato all night. Music by DJ Ck and DJ 2Notty. Hosted by Sunshine Anderson. Sponsored by Premio Moscato. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 in advance. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St., theblackcardparties.com.
Roar 1854! Alumni Day Party/Meet & Greet
Enjoy Southern-style appetizers, bowling, music by DJ Jo Jo from Staten Island, dancing, networking, and more. Presented by the Greater Carolinas Alumni Chapter of Lincoln University. Noon-6 p.m. $25 in advance. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., facebook.com/LUGreaterCarolinas.
T.I. and Fabolous
Come party with rap heavyweights T.I. and Fabolous, in the same building in one night. Presented by Sport E. Odie, Russell Payton, and AG Entertainment. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. $40 and up; VIP tables available. Cameo at Daisy Dooks, 3049 Scott Futrell Dr., charlottecitakeover.com.
The A Bandz Make Her Dance Party with Juicy J
Juicy J has had one of the hottest songs in the club over the past year, and now you can party with him. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission cost varies; VIP tables available. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., juicyjfriday.eventbrite.com.
Breakfast Jam I
Party after-hours and enjoy a late-night breakfast provided by Murrell's Café. Music by DJ ’06. Presented by the Queen City Omegas. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. $25 in advance. Omegas of Charlotte Frat House, 3301 Statesville Ave., piphiomegas.org.
Biz Markie Day Party
The legendary Biz Markie will be on the 1s and 2s. Hosted by Glam23 PR & Events. Noon-8 p.m. $15 in advance; VIP tables available. Privilege Day and Nightclub, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com.
Old School Friday with Slick Rick, Ronnie Devoe, and Ed Lover
Party with these hip-hop and R&B legends. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; VIP tables available. Privilege Day and Nightclub, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com.
Chris Brown: Up Close and Personal
If you’re a member of Team Breezy, then you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to see this star. 9 p.m. General admission $50; VIP admission $90; VIP tables available. Fifth Element, 500 W. Fifth St., ez-tixx.com/Static/info_5thelement_chrisbrown_event.html.
Friday Night at the Westin with Trey Songz, Kenny Burns, and DJ Kool
Meet some of your favorite artists. Also music by DJ B Barnes. Presented by Velvet Entertainment and the A List. Sponsored by Grey Goose Cherry Noir. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 general admission; $60 VIP. The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., avelvetlist.com.
Gospel Jazz and Jokes
Featuring national recording artist Arnetta Murrill-Crooms, the Groove Masters, and comedian Marcus Wiley. 6:30-11 p.m. $15 in advance; VIP seating available. 2xSalt Ministry, 1900 Queen City Dr., unwindproductions.com.
Charlotte’s Favorite Happy Hour–Tournament Edition
Join V101.9 FM and Herb and Felicia Gray for some mixing and mingling at one of uptown’s newest hotspots. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. 4-10 p.m. $15 in advance. Nana’s Uptown, 710 W. Trade St., offers.cbslocal.com/charlotte.
# The CIAA Welcome Party with Anthony Hamilton
Platinum-selling singer and Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton will perform at this event. Also featuring DJ Skillz, comedian Tone-X, special guest Jermaine Dupri, five bars, and a VIP lounge. Sponsored by Coke Zero. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission $45; VIP $75. Urban Garden, at 1 Bank of America Center, 150 N. College St., ez-tixx.com/Static/info_urbangarden_Friday_event.html.
Su Casa: Wonderland
The folks who put on the monthly Su Casa event in Charlotte are continuing their pattern of presenting something different in the sea of nightlife. This party will pay tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, with resident DJ Justice spinning Wonder’s top hits, B-sides, and remixes, as well as songs he wrote/produced and music by artists influenced by him. There will also be relevant detours into funk, Latin, Brazilian, and other sounds. Presented by Jasiatic and Carlton H. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., sucasapresentswonderland.eventbrite.com.
Some of Charlotte’s leading hair stylists and barbers are showing their appreciation for your support at this party. Enjoy music, networking, and drinks. Complimentary buffet for the first hour. Presented by The Dooby Shop, Styling Iconz, and Hatz Off. 9 p.m. Limited number of $10 VIP tickets online and at sponsors’ locations; VIP tables available. Allure Restaurant & Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St., ez-tixx.com.
Swag and Sexy Bash
This eventful party will feature the smooth sounds of jazz musician Shableek along with DJ Boney B and a guest comedian. So you get three entertainers for one low price. Presented by Ludi Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30; VIP tables available. Extravaganza, 1610 N. Tryon St., ludientertainment.com.
Fifth Annual Ultimate Day Party
Get your party on early in the day. Presented by WBAV. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25 and up. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., wbavultimateday.eventbrite.com.
Jazz N Soul
Featuring the Calvin Edwards Trio, with the talented guitarist, vocalist, and producer. Presented by Jazz N Soul Music. 8 p.m.-midnight. $10. Petra's Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., flavorus.com.
Old-School Day Party: Calling All Greeks
Come out for an old-school day party with DJ Moe. Enjoy good people, music, food, and drinks. Noon-6 p.m. $15 in advance. Claiborne’s, 2342 Beatties Ford Rd., moegotit.com.
Mega Party Round 1
It’s Charlotte's All Male Weekend, and this is part one of the large parties. Celebrities, dancers, and men from all over the country will party in an enormous uptown penthouse with city views. Presented by Meltdown Productions. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $10 VIP tickets available. Premier Penthouse Nightclub, 222 S. Church St., meltdownproductions.com.
Grits & Biscuits: A Dirty South Set
The G&B road trip continues, making its anticipated stop in Charlotte. If you are from the South, went to school in the South, or just love that Dirty South swag, this is the party for you. Music by DJ Square Biz. Presented by E.Z. Mo Breezy. 9 p.m. $20 and up. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., gritsandbiscuits.com.
JetSet IV: The Day Party
Music by renowned South Carolina DJ B-Lord. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and A List. Noon-6 p.m. $20-$40. Studio Movie Grill (formerly Mez/EpiCentre Theaters), at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thesolkitchen.com.
Party with Shay “Buckeey” Johnson
The reality TV star from Love & Hip-hop Atlanta hosts this party. Music by DJ Infamous. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Muddy Water. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies. Studio Movie Grill (formerly Mez/EpiCentre Theaters), at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thesolkitchen.com.
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