After-Work Events, Live Music, Model Competition, and More

The weather is back to feeling like spring and less like summer (too soon for the heat!), so get out and enjoy these festivities.

Thursday, May 10

Alive After Five (weekly event)
It's the largest weekly after-work party in the city. Enjoy live music this week by Rubberband on the rooftop stage and Skate Rink Jukebox on the courtyard stage. There will be plenty of drink stations, plus surrounding restaurants offering dining specials. 5-9 p.m. Free admission; VIP, $25, includes complimentary beer, wine, and food. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,

After-Work Mixers at Delta's (Thursday and Friday)
Mix and mingle at uptown’s newest restaurant. Thursday’s mixer is hosted by Charlotte’s AKAs and Kappas. Friday’s mixer is hosted by the Charlotte Links and Crown Jewels. 5-7 p.m. Free. Delta’s Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St.,

Esperanza Spalding “Radio Music Society” Live
Since winning the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, the first jazz artist to do so, Spalding has continued to soar. See her perform live with her full band. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. 7:30 p.m. $35-$65. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.,

Friday, May 11

Hip Hop Unplugged Vol. 2: The West Coast Edition
Guests are invited to explore the rich history of hip hop music and culture from its roots in funk, jazz, and soul to its rapid growth on the East Coast and eventual spread to the West Coast. Charlotte-area musicians, artists, poets, fashion designers, and filmmakers will re-imagine classic performances and moments from West Coast hip hop pioneers. Music by DJ Jopedo, and hosted by Bluz. Presented by On Q Productions. 6-9 p.m. Free; $10 suggested donation. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St.,; RSVP at

Friday Live at the Factory (weekly event)
This weekly concert series features national bands, and this Friday’s live performance is by Lit with special guest 1000 Horses. Enjoy many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the courtyard, including Bask, Osso, The Saloon, Wet Willie’s, and more. 6-11 p.m. General admission, $5; VIP, $40. Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Seagram’s Model Calendar Search
Twelve local ladies are vying for this year’s title with three celebrity judges deciding their fate. Hosted by Power 98’s Nolimit Larry, with music by DJ Flemingo. Open bar will feature a variety of Seagram’s drinks. Presented by Eddietainment. 7-10 p.m. Free, but space is limited and RSVP required at The Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd.,,

Red Solo Cup Party 2
After the success of the first one, they’re doing it again. Pay $10 and you’ll get unlimited draft beer. There will also be a flip cup tournament (email to sign up your flip cup team of six). Presented by 8-11 p.m.; party continues after till 2 a.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St.,

Saturday, May 12

11th Annual International Block Party
This event celebrates the diverse neighborhoods that surround the University City YMCA, and will feature multicultural performances, fitness demonstrations, children’s games, music, health services, and local business vendors. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Rd.,

Rock at the Dock 5
It's the fifth installment of the popular fight series put on by Matt Sredzinski, owner of The Rock MMA in Huntersville. About 2,000 fans are expected, and in addition to a dozen live MMA cage fights, there'll be music by bands and DJs, food and cash bars, strong man demonstrations, babes in bikinis, and more. 6 p.m. $30 and up. Queens Landing, 1459 River Hwy., Mooresville,

Darude’s “Salmiakki Sessions” CD Release Tour
Leading trance producer and international artist Darude will play and perform some of his biggest songs. Other DJs on the bill for the night are DJ VB, Aaron Sigmon, Ridgid, Krost, and DJ Christina. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $8-$12. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,

Pure: The All-White Affair
Six Figure Entertainment, B. Gray, Nick “PrimeTime” Ingram, and Tailor Myde are joining forces to present this party in which your stylish white attire is requested. Music by a special celebrity DJ. 9:30 p.m. $10-$20; VIP tables available. Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall St.,,

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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