Elle Varner will perform a free concert Friday night during the CIAA Fan Fest at Charlotte Convention Center.
Photo credit: CIAA
The annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the tenth consecutive year, with events scheduled from Monday, February 23 through Sunday, March 1. The CIAA Tournament includes five days of men’s and women’s college basketball games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Events and parties surrounding the tournament create additional excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors to the city.
Below is a list of events scheduled for Friday, February 27. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased through many of the websites as well.
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*Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event.
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Friday, February 27
+ *Tom Joyner Morning Show
Be a part of a CIAA Tournament tradition and get up early on Friday morning to be a part of a nationally syndicated radio show’s broadcast. Tom Joyner and his co-hosts are fan favorites, and you can expect celebrity guests to appear. Doors open, 5:30 a.m.; show, 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *John B. McLendon Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame Breakfast
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will welcome nine new members into its hall of fame during this formal induction ceremony. 9 a.m. $50. Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *CIAA Women’s and Men’s Tournament Semifinals
Down to the final four in both the women’s and men’s brackets. Women’s games: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Men’s games: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. All-session passes, $60-$530. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *CIAA Fan Fest Presented by Toyota
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 concerts by national recording artists. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ Top of the Top EpiCentre Rooftop Day Party
Experience the heated and enclosed rooftop venue and its luxe décor. Presented by Culture19. Noon-7 p.m. $10 and up. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
+ Buffalo Wild Wings Day Party
It’s an age-25-and-older party with music DJ Rob Stacks. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. $10 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings, at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., tournamentweekenddayparties.eventbrite.com.
+ VA and N.C. HBCU Alumni Day Party Takeover
Alumni from VSU, VUU, and NSU are uniting for this fourth annual event, with music by DJ Lonnie B, DJ Kyra Chaos, DJ Bobby Drake, and B. Daht. Noon-8 p.m. $15. Vida, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
+ Straight Stuntin Magazine Tournament Day Party
Music by DJ Buttafingaz and DJ WizKidd, and hosted by No Limit Larry. DJ Kay Slay will be in the house searching for cover girls for his magazine, along with guest models. Presented by Kartel Gang, BDM, and Entourage Forever. Noon-6 p.m. $15 and up. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St., ez-tixx.com.
+ 9th Wonder’s “Taking It Back” Friday Day Party
Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ 9th Wonder will play your favorite old-school hip-hop hits, and he’ll be joined by DJ Travis Gales. Presented by The Collective Group. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-$35. Howl At the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com.
+ Tryst Brunch and Day Party
Presented by Eddietainment, A.C.T., and Dynasty 5. Noon-8 p.m. Free until 1 p.m. with RSVP; $10 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., trystbrunch.eventbrite.com.
+ Digital Divas’ 10th Annual De Ja Vu
A 30-and-older crowd is preferred at this annual day party, which offers a lunch menu, drink specials, and music by DJ Danny Dee. 1-7 p.m. $20 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., digitaldivasevents.com.
+ L’s Extravaganza 18 & Up Day Party
Enjoy live entertainment, food, and drinks. Noon-6 p.m. $15. Carole Hoefner Center, 610 E. 7th St., eventbrite.com.
+ Fifth Annual Ciroc and Bad Boy Ent. DJ SNS Day Party
It’s a crowd favorite year after year. Music by DJ Biggs and DJ SNS. Presented by J&J Entertainment, BestFriendz, Eddleton Events, and One Goal. Noon-7:30 p.m. Free admission until 1 p.m.; cover charge after. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., djsnsfridaydayparty.eventbrite.com.
+ Vibes Day Party
It’s billed as a crowdfunded day party, hosted by WfestLive Entertainment and friends, with music by DJ Wonder and DJ KI, and food and drink specials. 1-7 p.m. Admission cost varies. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, at NC Music Factory, 920 Hamilton St., vibesciaa.tilt.com.
+ Dayhem 4.0: The All Day Party
Music by: DJ B Lord. Presented by Blue Goose, The Sol Kitchen, and Dynasty 5. Noon-6 p.m. $20 and up. Studio Movie Grille, at EpiCentre, 210 East Trade St., dayhem4.eventbee.com.
+ We Put On For Our City Day Party with Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie
This party has Doug E. Fresh on the microphone and Biz Markie on the turntables. Hosted by 4Ever Entertainment. 1-7 p.m. General admission, $20; VIP admission, $40; VIP tables also available. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. Fifth St., vanitycharlotte.com.
+ The Day Party Headquarters—Part 1
Party all day across two adjoining venues, with music by DJ Shakim, DJ Skillz, DJ Flemingo, and DJ Big Cutz. Food and drink menus will be available. Presented by Talk of the Town, LK and R&R Productions, and The A List. Noon-until. $20 and up. Texicali and The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., talkofthetownent.com.
+ New York Connection Old-School Tournament Day Party 2015
This third annual event is for the 30-and-older crowd, with music by DJ Stacy Blackman and DJ Aaron S. Hosted by Jessie Scott, Stevie Fountain, and Charlie Davis. 1-6 p.m. $20 and up; VIP packages available. Fever Nightclub, 8801 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., newyorkconnectiontournamentparty2015.eventbrite.com.
+ The Rich Gang Take Over
It’s a day party with rappers Birdman, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Swamp Izzo, Grandmaster Jay, and more. Presented by O Neal Entertainment. 1-5 p.m. $35. Osso Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com.
+ *CIAA McDonald’s Step Show Throwdown: Greeks vs. Greeks
Watch steppers from fraternities and sororities representing HBCUs from around the country compete for the grand prize. Doors open 6 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. $30. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
Hosted by Dre Brown, James Rickmond, Ron Tate, and Herb and Felicia Gray, with music by DJ C-Rob. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St., bluefriday2015.eventbrite.com.
+ The Wine Down – Charlotte Wine Tasting Party
This casual wine tasting social showcases the diversity of award-winning wines produced in the Charlotte area. Presented by Wine Me Down Social Club. 6-9 p.m. $25. Post 353, 5651 Brookshire Blvd., winemedown.com/ciaa.html.
+ Fabolous Ciroc Boy Celebrity Party
Rap star Fabolous will perform, along with music from DJ Self, DJ SNS, and DJ Kyra Chaos. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $40 and up. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
+ Varsity Club Friday Night Kickoff
Music by DJ Bobby Drake. Presented by A.C.T. Productions. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20. Enso, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., actpresents.com/ciaa.
+ DJ Kool’s Second Annual Hip-Hop Takeover
The legendary DJ will spin his hits and other crowd favorites. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $22. Club Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Rd., eventbrite.com.
+ Troy Ave’s Tournament Weekend Debut
Join the “All About the Money” rapper at his party. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission cost varies. Bubble Charlotte, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com.
+ Friday Night Live 5
It’s like two parties under one roof, with DJ Lonnie B. playing on one floor and DJ KAOS on the other. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up. BlackFinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., fnl5.eventbrite.com.
+ Best In The City
Music by DJ Izzy Nice, and the bars and kitchen offer great menus. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., thebestinthecity.eventbrite.com.
+ Old-Skool Night Party
DJ Hukher will play old-school hip-hop and R&B hits. Presented by The Collective Group. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$40. Howl At the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com.
+ The VIP Lounge Party
DJ Moejo will spin in the main room, and hookah and cigars will be served on the heated patio. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission for first 100 guests. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com.
+ Party with a Purpose to Benefit A Child’s Place
This second annual event will welcome a 30-and-over crowd, offering old-school music and signature cocktails in a beautiful setting. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of erasing the impact of homelessness on children and their education. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $35 in advance; $50 at the door. BLT Steak, 110 N. College St., achildsplace.org/make-a-difference/party-with-a-purpose.
+ Saint Augustine’s University R&B Live Extravaganza (Friday and Saturday)
On Friday of this two-night event, enjoy performances by R&B greats Chrisette Michele and Carl Thomas along with music by DJ Kid Capri. Presented by Jireh Management Group. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 and up. The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., sauciaa2015.eventbrite.com.
+ I Luv The 90s with Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh will rock the party along with DJ Skillz. Presented by The Sol Kitchen, Dynasty 5, and The A List. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St., iluvthe90s.eventbee.com.
+ No Role Modelz Kickoff Party
This party will be hosted by several attractive models and reality TV stars, including Kaylin Garcia, Yolie Monroe, Wankaego, and Benze Lohan. Music by AJ “Do It All” Willis, DJ LP, and DJ WizKidd. Presented by Kartel Gang, BDM, and Entourage Forever. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St., norolemodelz2015.eventbrite.com.
+ Rick Ross MMG Takeover
Rap star and mogul Rick Ross will perform live. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. General admission, $50 and up; VIP admission, $80; VIP tables available. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. Fifth St., vanitycharlotte.com.
+ Treach of Naughty By Nature with Doug E. Fresh
Come party with these two hip-hop legends. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. General admission, $20 and up; VIP tables available. Empire Nightclub, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ez-tixx.com.
+ The Language of Love Concert: R&B Festival (Friday and Saturday)
The first night of this two-night concert will feature performances by Eric Roberson, Bilal, and Aaron Camper Music. 7:30-11 p.m. $40 in advance. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., bit.ly/lovelang2015.
+ The Night Party of All Night Parties
Music by Derek Robbins a.k.a. DJ Hollywood, and hosted by Big Tap Money. Presented by BossMan Entertainment and the WSSU Alumni Association, and a portion of the proceeds to benefit the WSSUNAA Scholarship Endowment. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 in advance. Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St., bossmanentertainment.org.
+ Soulful Night @ Sydney's (Friday)
The night will feature live performances by up-and-coming recording artist Elishema, national recording artist Noel Gourdin, and headlined by national recording artist K'Jon. Presented by Hamilton and Brown Productions. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. General admission, $40; VIP tables available. Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., kjonandnoelgourdin.eventbrite.com.
+ Sixth Annual HBCU Old-School Party
There’ll be music by DJ Moe Got It, live jazz by Wil Lee & Different Drum, a spades tournament, free food, and cash bar. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$25. Rameses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd., afatboyproduction.com.