CIAA 2012 Events and Parties Friday, March 2

Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the 2012 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
Photo by Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective.
There will be dozens of celebrity-hosted parties during CIAA Week, like this one last year with actor Lance Gross (pictured left).

The annual CIAA Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the seventh consecutive year, from February 27 to March 4, 2012. It’s the 67th year of the basketball tournament and the 100th anniversary for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Even though there will be five days of college basketball games going on at Time Warner Cable Arena between men’s and women’s teams, it’s also the many surrounding events and parties that create the most excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors. Below is a list of those events scheduled for Friday, March 2. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased at many of the sites as well.

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UPDATED: February 28

Friday, March 2

#Yolanda Adams Morning Show
It’s become a CIAA 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. Gramm 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.,

#Food Lion Health and Wellness Symposium
Since you’ve resolved to be healthier this year (right?), get healthy living and eating tips and products from experts. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Presbyterian Hospital Training Center (practice court), Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

#CIAA and V101.9 Greek Day Party
The CIAA is partnering with V101.9 FM to present this mid-day party. Hosted by Chirl Girl, music by DJ Storm, and a live performance by Chubb Rock. For ages 25 and up. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 and up. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd.,

Day party with music by DJ Paradime. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. 12 p.m. $20 general admission; $40 VIP. Enso Asian Bistro, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

AER EpiCentre Rooftop Day Party
The blending of the heated and enclosed rooftop venue and its luxe décor are certain to transcend what you expect from a day party. Your finest daywear attire and temperament are required for entry. Presented by Culture19 Entertainment. 12 p.m. $10 and up; table reservations available. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

The Day Party Headquarters
It’s one of the largest day parties each year, with partying on three levels, six DJs, 40 TVs, 10 pool tables, and multiple bars. Presented by Talk of the Town, LK, and R&R Productions. 12-8 p.m. $20 and up. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St.,

Party all day and night here, with music by DJ Fatz and guest DJs. Presented Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. Noon-2 a.m. $30 general admission; $50 VIP. Mortimer’s Cafe & Pub, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

#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.,

Seventh Annual Legends of Troy Meet and Greet Day Party
This popular day party is expanding across two venues this year. One ticket gets you into both clubs. Hosted by Miami radio personality Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas, with music by DJ Darryl Krush and SGL Productions. 1 p.m. $30 general admission; $45 VIP; bottle service also available. Phoenix and Re:Public, 300 and 314 N. College St.,

Miles & Coltrane: Blue (February 29-March 3)
On Q Productions continues Season 3: The Sound of Music with its Off-Broadway show, Miles & Coltrane: Blue, by Concrete Generation. This work, featuring award-winning poets, musicians, dancers, and actors, tells the story of two of the most influential and controversial figures in jazz history: Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.. $22. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St.,

CI2K12 Ciroc and Bad Boy Ent. DJ SNS Day Party
The group has assembled again for this party. Music by DJ SNS from NYC and DJ Biggs from the DMV. Presented by Eddleton Events  and J & J Ent. Group. 1 p.m. $20 and up. The Breakfast Club, 225 N. Caldwell St.,

Seventh Annual Déjà Vu: The Kick-Off Day Party
Part of Digital Divas’ annual Welcome to Charlotte Weekend. Music by DJ Daddy D. 1 p.m. $15 and up, general admission; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St.,

#CIAA Toyota Fan Experience
It’s a full schedule of events and activities for fans, including prize and ticket giveaways, car displays, video game and interactive zones, cooking exhibitions, and performances by popular hip-hop and R&B artists. 5-10 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.,

#CIAA Men’s Semifinals
Basketball action continues between the final four men’s teams. Televised on Bounce TV and ESPN3. 7 and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

#McDonald’s Step Show Throwdown: Greeks vs. Greeks
It’s a sold-out event each year, put on by the CIAA. Watch steppers from fraternities and sororities representing HBCUs from around the country compete for the grand prize. Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; show time, 8 p.m. $30 and up. The Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr.,

Chicago-Style Stepping and Detroit Ballroom Dancing
If you want to get your step on, whether it’s two-step, four-, six-, or eight-count, come join the fun. Dance partner is not required. 7-10 p.m. $10. SCBC Fellowship Hall, 114 Nelson Ave.,

Party with a View
Enjoy a great view of the uptown skyline, complimentary food, and music by DJ Butts. Ages 30 and older preferred. Presented by 4C Productions. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 in advance; VIP tables available; free parking. Roof with a View, 800 W. Hill St.,

Alumni Slam Dunk Bulldog Mixer
Enjoy a night with fellow Bowie State alumni. Complimentary appetizers will be served, plus music by DJ Blacjac. Presented by Bowie State Bulldog Nation. 9 p.m. RSVP required, Residence Inn Uptown Charlotte, 404 S. Mint St.,

The Induction
Enjoy two dance floors, an outdoor patio, and food and drink specials served all night. Music by DJ Ern of 102 Jamz. Presented by The Committee, King Entertainment, and Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-until. $10 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,

Presto’s Black and Gray Affair
Enjoy partying on two floors. Music by DJ Prep Luva. Presented by Mr. Monolopee Ent. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $25. Presto Bar and Grill, 445 W. Trade St.,

Swinging and Grooving Style
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres served the first hour. Presented by the Charlotte Graduate Chapters of Swing Phi Swing and Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Kickstand Burgers-N-Bar, 1101 Central Ave.,

Friday Night Live II
It’s two times the fun with two parties on two levels with two DJs: Monster DJ Shogun representing NYC and Heavy Hitters DJ Lonnie B. representing the DMV. Presented by Eddietainment, SharkBand, Mike King, James Goodson, Money Gang, and Tre J Promotions. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up. BlackFinn, inside the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Friday Frenzy
These guys throw some of the biggest parties during tournament weekend each year, and they're once again taking over of one of Charlotte’s largest venues. Enjoy music by DJ Flash, sexy cage dancers, and drink giveaways. Presented by MAZ Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 general admission; $50 VIP admission; VIP booths also available. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St.,

#CIAA Presents The Manhattans
Be entertained by this legendary group, featuring Gerald Austin and Blue Lovett. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. 11 p.m. $20. Crown Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.,

Recess: Friday Day Party
Music by DJ Complete. 12-6 p.m. $20 in advance. Presented by SolKitchen, Blue Goose, and RoundTable. Howl At The Moon, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

JetSet III:The Day Party
It’s billed as the only theater day party during tournament week. Food menu will be available. Music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Presented by SolKitchen and The A List. 12-6 p.m. $20 in advance; for VIP tables, Mez, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Sophisticated Speakeasy
This lounge series features two days of parties and social events. Enjoy and elegant atmosphere, live music, wine tasting, dessert tasting, DJ, and more. Sophisticated partiers ages 30 and older are invited. Presented by Invitation Only. Day party, 2-6 p.m.; night party, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-$35. Aquavina Wine Room and Lounge, 435 S. Tryon St.,

Chuck Brown Live
The Godfather of Go-Go returns to Charlotte in what’s become an annual tradition. Presented by SolKitchen. 9 p.m. $35 in advance. Amos’ Southend 1423 S. Tryon St.,

True School: The Party
Music by Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, along with DJ Cuzzin B. Presented by SolKitchen, Blue Goose, RoundTable, and True School Corp. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 in advance. Howl At The Moon, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Sail Away for a Day Party
Enjoy a complimentary drink and door raffle for a getaway. Presented by Bo Jello Entertainment. 1-7 p.m. $25; VIP tables available. Tropix Bar and Lounge, 4701 N. Tryon St.,

WBAV’s The Ultimate Day Party: Part 4
V101.9 invites its listeners and visitors to get the parted started early. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 in advance; for VIP tables, Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ez-tixx.xom.

Party with one of the hottest rappers out of the South, Future. Music by DJ Paradime. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 in advance; for VIP tables, Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Enjoy your life and expect brilliance, the organizers say. Music by DJ NGenius. Presented by A.C.T. Productions, PMG, and NXL21 Charlotte. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20, Enso Asian Bistro, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

The Miami Invasion
Party with Rick Ross, Trina, and Phat Rabbit. Music by DJ Chuck T. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Cameo Nightclub, 3049 Scott Futrell Dr.,

Millionaires Roundtable: Exploring the Secrets to Success
This business seminar and networking event will provide you with tips on how to thrive in the new global economy. Featured guests include New York Times bestselling author and NAACP Image Award winner Omar Tyree, retired NFL star and two-time Super Bowl winner Rod Smith, author and film executive Arthur Wylie, and actress Chyna Layne. There will also be a viewing of artwork and jewelry by international gallery owner and Charlotte native, Fonta. Presented by 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 and up. Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St.,

SlamFest 100: The Elevation with Diddy
The hip-hop mogul hosts this party along with his celebrity friends Juelz Santana and Buckwild. Music by DJ Enuff, That Guy Smitty, and DJ UBaby. $60, general admission; $125 VIP admission; VIP tables also available. NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St.,

Second Annual CI-VIP Affair
Party with a team of young social purveyors in an elegant atmosphere. 10 p.m. $20 and up; VIP booths available. Presented by Nick “PrimeTime” Ingram and friends. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave.,

Sol: CI Day Party
Popular party promoters from the DMV are doing it again for tournament weekend. Music by DJ Cuzzin B. Presented by Forward Vision Group. 1-6 p.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St.,

Celebrity First Friday with Young Jeezy
See this platinum-selling rapper perform live. Hosted by Mandrake Lewis with music by DJ Kash. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $40 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.,

Second Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival (March 1-3)
The CBFF will host three full days of festivities, films, and fun. It’s composed of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and the Vision Awards, which celebrate the work of African American filmmakers. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St.; Friday and Saturday at UNCC Center City Building, 320 E. 9th St.,

DayBreak: Day Party
This two-level party touts reasonable prices, a large food menu to order from, and music by DJ Lil D. Presented by Blue Goose. Noon-6 p.m. $20 in advance. BlackFinn, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Dayhem! The All Day Party
It’s the return of the 14-hour day party, featuring three different DJs, including Power 98’s DJ Magic. Presented by Blue Goose. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 in advance. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St.,

Mode Noir | Black Mode Fashion Week (February 29-March 2)
Created specifically to cater to the fashion community during tournament week, this three-day event showcases fashion, arts, and culture. Enjoy fashion shows featuring several designer labels each evening, with hosts FOX Charlotte’s Jacinda Garabito (Wednesday), America’s Next Top Model finalist Bianca Golden and WBTV’s Brigida Mack (Thursday), and Sam Badger (Friday). 7 p.m. $20-$55. 1800 Brewton Dr.,

Wale in Concert
Come see the MMG rapper perform live, along with DJ Kid Capri. Doors open 9 p.m.; show starts 10 p.m. $37.50-$97.50. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Enchanted 2012 with R. Kelly
The Pied Piper of R&B hosts this party at this elegant venue. Deserts will be served by the Cake Makin Sisters. Presented by DesMarq Events. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $65 general admission; no tickets sold at the door; VIP tables available. The Urban Garden, 150 N. College St.,

Purple Charlotte Steppers Day Party
Featuring music artist Cardell. Noon-5 p.m. $15 in advance. Grace on Brevard, 219 S. Brevard St.,

The Big 3
Three parties over two days at one venue. Enjoy live music by Black Alley, Familiar Faces, Suttle Thoughts, Sugar Bear and EU, and Rare Essence. Presented by Phat Cat Ent. 10 p.m. $40. Picasso’s, 222 S. Church St.,

Fantasy Friday
Get away from the overcrowded megacomplexes and experience a new style of urban sophistication and entertainment. Drink specials all night. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-$20. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St.,

Top of the World with Ace Hood
See the “Hustle Hard” rapper live. Presented by Heights Entertainment. 10 p.m. $30 and up. Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St.,

The Backyard Day Party
The legendary Backyard Band will perform live along with music by D-Block’s DJ Killa Touch. Presented by BestFriendz, Meat Lynn Ent., and Southside Ent. Group. Noon-7 p.m. $20 in advance. Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St.,

Salsa Fridays
Tournament week visitors and partiers are invited to dance the night away Latin style. Get your salsa, mambo, bachata, cha cha, and merengue on. If you don’t know how, come for the free beginner’s class 9:30-10:30 p.m., taught by Benjamin Morales. Music by DJ Skip and DJ LiLo. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. The Getaway Pub, 6824-C Albemarle Rd.,

One Night Stand with Maxwell
Hosted by the R&B legend. 9 p.m. $30-$100. The Oasis Tent, 514 N. College St.,

Ambition In Full Focus Hosted by Wale
After the Maybach Music Group rapper performs in concert at The Fillmore, he’ll come next door to this posh nightclub to host this party. He’s also scheduled to perform “Lotus Flower Bomb” at midnight. Presented by Inner Circle Nation 2.0. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $35 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Butter NC, at NC Music Factory, 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Star Power Friday
It’s three parties inside three ballrooms with multiple celebrities, all for one admission. Hosted by T.I. and Floyd Mayweather, with music by DJ Cut Creator. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40-$90 in advance. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St.,

2nd Annual Ciroc Boyz EpiCentre Takeover
Party at two venues. Hosted by Fabolous and Big Tigger. Featuring music by DJ SNS, DJ Quicksilva, and DJ Self. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Whisky River and Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Maybach Music Group Tour
See Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Waka Flocka live in concert. Doors open 7 p.m. $58 and up. Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.,

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