2013 CIAA Week Parties and Events: Thursday, February 28
Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the weeklong 2013 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
Parties kick into high gear on Thursday of CIAA Week.
Credit: Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective
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 Thursday, February 28. 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.
Thursday, February 28
# CIAA College Career Expo
This expo is open to all current college students and alumni who are searching for graduate school opportunities or jobs. Visit the website for a list of participating universities and employers. 10 a.m.-2 p.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 Men’s Quarterfinals
Basketball action continues between the men’s teams. 1, 3, 7, and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
# Food Lion CIAA Teen Summit
Girl Talk Foundation Inc. hosts this annual event for teenage girls and boys, ages 13-18. Teens will discuss important social issues and will also participate in a physical challenge and dance-off. Hosted by Power 98's No Limit Larry. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Practice Court at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., girltalkfoundationinc.com.
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.
Start your weekend off correct at this annual party, with music by Atlanta’s DJ Pnut. Presented by BestFriendz, Dynasty 5, and Pinkies Up. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 and up; ladies free until 11 p.m. with RSVP. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tipoffthursday.com.
Music by DJ Fatz. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment and The Damn Salon. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission $20; VIP $40. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., b4l2013.eventbrite.com.
Third-Annual All-Tournament Alumni Mixer
Welcoming all CIAA alumni and celebrating continued growth of the HBCU family. Enjoy an upscale vibe with live jazz from Shableek, as well as music played by DJ Rob Stacks from Richmond, Virginia. A portion of proceeds will go to the CIAA Scholarship Fund. Presented by TMB Marketing Firm. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25. Kalu Restaurant & Lounge, 505 E. Sixth St., alltournamentmixer.eventbrite.com.
The ’90s—A Love Story: Live Musical Tribute to Hip-Hop/R&B
Listen to your favorite hip-hop and R&B tunes, with performances by J Macks & The Bad Mamma Jammas. Hosted by Quentin “Q” Talley. Complimentary food will be served for the first hour, and a cash bar throughout the night. Presented by JSW Media Group. 7-10 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Dupp & Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112B, 90slovestory.eventbrite.com.
# CIAA Old-School Skate Party
The CIAA presents a night of roller-skating fun for adults, to the sounds of some of your favorite old-school hip-hop and R&B music. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Visit website for ticket info. Kate's Skating Rink, ciaatournament.org.
Cameo CI Kickoff Celebration
This event is for the experienced partygoer who’s ready to create memorable experiences. Party in front of one of the best views of uptown, with music by DJ Paradime. The full kitchen menu will be available. Presented by Culture19 Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
Thursday Night Hook-Up
Hosted by Power 98’s Ms. Jessica the Girl Next Door, with music by DJ NGenius. Presented by IV Horsemen Entertainment. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $15 and up. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St., flavorus.com/ivhorsemenent.
CI Takeover: Welcome to Charlotte
It’s the first of three parties these promoters are putting on over the course of three nights. Music by DJ SNS. Presented by Wylie K & Friends, Seek Abundance, and KMH Group. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $10 and up. Charlotte Trolley Museum, 1507 Camden Rd., citakeover.eventbrite.com.
"We Are Prodigal Son" Happy Hour and Fundraiser
Come out to this networking event and learn more about The Prodigal Son Foundation, whose mission is to empower, educate, and engage youth in North Carolina. There will be hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a DJ. 5:30-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Vin Master Wine Shop, 2000 South Blvd., suite 610, prodigalson.eventbrite.com.
VSU Orange & Blue Takeover
It’s the must-attend social event for all VSU Trojans—students, alumni, and supporters. Come meet the new head football coach, Latrell Scott. Presented by Virginia State University Office of Alumni Relations. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Renaissance Charlotte Suites, 2800 Coliseum Dr., vsu.edu.
Heaven @ Blue Part 7
It’s one of the biggest Thursday-night parties each year, providing a great atmosphere, music by DJ 06, and a live performance by The Let IT Flow Band (band goes on at 11 p.m.). Presented by Talk of the Town. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and up; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., talkofthetownent.com.
The Jump Off
Get a jump on your weekend in style at this posh restaurant and lounge. Music by DJ Biggs from D.C. and DJ Lonnie B of the Heavy Hitters. Jack Daniel’s will be on hand giving away samples and party favors. Presented by Eddietainment, Pearl Vision Group, Eddleton Events, and J&J Entertainment Group. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 10 p.m.; $20 after; VIP tables available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., eddietainment.com.
Come party on two levels with two DJs: DJ Frosty from Columbia, and DJ Shogun by way of Queens. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $30 to skip line. BlackFinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ignition2013.eventbrite.com.
The ICE Factor: Simply the Best
Join the Ice Cold Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at this grown and sexy event, with music by DJ Flemingo. Presented by the Alphas of Charlotte. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $30; VIP table and bottle service packages available. Grand Central, 1000 Grand Central Ave., betanulambda.org/ice-factor.
It’s the eighth-annual event, offering you a good time with music and complimentary wings and beer. Presented by the ’06 Crew. 5-9 p.m. Free. Picasso's Sports Café, 222 S. Church St., picassossportscafe.com.
Throwback Thursdays: The ’90s to Now Edition with BBD, SWV, & Friends
Kick off Welcome to Charlotte Weekend with legendary R&B groups Bell Biv Devoe (BBD) and SWV. Hosted by Big Ron Devoe. Presented by Digital Divas & Friends. 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), partyatthetent.com.
Crimson 100: Coleman Love
It’s a Crimson 100 celebration, with music by So So Def’s DJ Shakim. Presented by Oscar Frazier, YTilt, and The Pristine Group. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up; VIP tables available. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St., ez-tixx.com.
Music by DJ Tyme, and drink specials all night. Presented by DaCave Entertainment. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $25 at the door. Crown Station Coffee House & Pub, 1425 Elizabeth Ave., facebook.com/dacaveent.
The DMV Takeover 3
Party inside two neighboring venues, including the newly opened Studio Movie Grill. Music by DJ SNS and DJ Total Reck. Presented by Team Dropzone, SMG, and the DMV Boys. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$50. Kazba and Studio Movie Grill (formerly Mez), at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thedmvtakeover3.eventbrite.com.
Pre-Game: The CI2013 Takeoff
Music by DJ Shaun Nyce of Baltimore and DJ Expensive Life. Hosted by the Ciroc Boyz’s own Obie the Promoter. Presented by 12 ENT, Str8swagg Entertainment, and the KMH Group. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., pregameci2013takeoff.eventbrite.com.
College Street Celebrity Takeover with Kid Capri and Maliah Michel
Master of the Mix DJ Kid Capri and video vixen Maliah Michel headline this party, along with music by Technician the DJ and DJ Bro-Rabb. Presented by From A 2 Z Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., froma2zentertainment.com.
Yo Gotti, Future, Juelz Santana, and Verse Simmonds Live
Four hit makers from hip-hop and R&B come together for this party. Presented by Sport E. Odie, Russell Payton, and AG Entertainment. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. $30 and up; VIP tables available. Cameo at Daisy Dooks, 3049 Scott Futrell Dr., charlottecitakeover.com.
The Uptown Swagga Go-Go Band Live
This popular band will pay tribute to the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Presented by Queen City Omegas. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up in advance; $25 day of show. Omegas of Charlotte Frat House, 3301 Statesville Ave., piphiomegas.org.
CI Life-a-thon 4 A Cure
Support this gathering for a greater cause, raising awareness and funds to find a cure for Crohn's disease. Hosted by Mike Lighty, with music by Bad Boy and Circo Boyz’s own DJ SNS, and DJ Shaun Nyce of Baltimore. Presented by Crohn’s No More Foundation and First 2 First Ent. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St., crohnsnomorefoundation.eventbrite.com.
The Premiere Tournament Kickoff
Join your fellow HBCU alumni for happy hour at a distinguished venue. Featuring live music by Ida Divine & the Garvey Collective. Your VIP admission grants you an open bar. Proceeds will benefit Sound Decisions RDS Inc. Presented by the HBCU Refined Team. 5-9 p.m. $60. Charlotte City Club, 121 W. Trade St., hbcurefined.org.
The Ultimate Alumni Day Party
Get your party weekend started early at this day party, with music by DJ Drake from Power 92 and 105 FM in Richmond. Presented by Digital Divas and Flash Back Production. 3-7:30 p.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door; VIP seating available. Oasis Party at The Tent, 514 N. College St. (between Eighth and Ninth streets), digitaldivasevents.com.
WPEG Tip-Off Party
Featuring Incognito and QCB. Presented by Power 98 FM. Noon-6 p.m. Free before 2 p.m.; $10 and up after. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tip-offdayparty.eventbrite.com.
Showtime a.k.a. Suite Dreams V with DJ Clue
One of the legendary DJs in hip-hop, DJ Clue rocks this party. Presented by Sol Kitchen, A List, and RoundTable Ent. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$30 in advance. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thesolkitchen.com.
Luxe 2013: The Ultimate Upscale Tournament Experience (February 28-March 2)
It’s three events over three days at this upscale bar and lounge. The kitchen will be open, and after the party stay for late-night breakfast. Proceeds go to scholarships for students attending Shaw University. Presented by Shaw University Alumni Association Charlotte and So Kel Eavents. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $35. 505 East (formerly Kalu), 505 E. Sixth St., luxe2013shawalumni.eventbrite.com.
Pink Groove VIII
The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Rho Psi Omega Chapter have put on this party each year that the tournament has been in Charlotte. Expect a full house. Dress code is sophisticated or city chic; no athletic attire. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Rho Psi Omega Scholarship Fund. 9 p.m. $35 in advance. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., eventbrite.com/event/5172035698.
The Jump Off
Come be a part of the kickoff party for The Game: Charlotte’s Original All Male Weekend. Featuring drink specials, prizes, giveaways, and more. Presented by Meltdown Productions. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $10. Cathode Azure Club, 1820 South Blvd., meltdownproductions.com.
Throwback Thursdays: Classic Hip-hop, 1995-2005
Bowl, drink, dance; repeat. This party throws it back to the notorious era of hip-hop. Music by DJ C-Rob. Presented by Inner Circle Events. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission $10 in advance; VIP $25 in advance; private bowling lanes available. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., clubtix.com/tbt-throwback-thursday-at-strikecity-tickets-175056.
The Life of The Party
Popular Miami turntablist DJ Irie will get this day party started. Presented The Sol Kitchen and Friends. 1-6 p.m. Free. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., thesolkitchen.com.
Visit charlottemagazine.com/ciaa for our comprehensive coverage of the events and parties surrounding the 2013 CIAA Tournament.