CIAA Week 2017 Events: Friday, Feb. 24
THE ANNUAL Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the 12th consecutive year, with events scheduled from Monday, February 20 to Sunday, February 26, 2017. The CIAA Tournament includes five days of men’s and women’s college basketball games at Bojangles' Coliseum and Spectrum Center. Social 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, Feb. 24. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased through many of the websites as well.
* Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event.
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Friday, February 24
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*John B. McLendon Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will welcome seven new members into its hall of fame during this ceremony and breakfast including ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. 9 a.m. $45. Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
*CIAA Women’s and Men’s Tournament Semifinals
Down to the final four in both the women’s and men’s brackets: 1, 3, 7 and 9 p.m. All-session passes, $75 and up. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org/tickets.
*Coke Zero Empowerment Town Hall Forum
The CIAA and sponsor Coke Zero are presenting this forum to discuss important issues facing the communities they serve. Visit website for more details. 10:30 a.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
The EpiCentre Rooftop Day Party
Beauty, detail, and selection are the vital components as this party goes to the top of the top: the rooftop. The venue will be heated and enclosed. Presented by Culture19. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up. Rooftop 210, 210. E. Trade St., culture19.com.
Friday Day Party with Uptown Swagga
Enjoy one of the most affordable day parties for the third year in a row. Charlotte's premier go-go band, Uptown Swagga, is performing live. Hosted by Old School 105.3 FM's Rae Style and music by DJ Short Dawg. 2-7 p.m. $10. Club Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Rd., clubvibrations.eventbrite.com.
4Play Day Party
Music by DJ Bro-Rabb and popular D.C. go-go band E.U. featuring Sugar Bear. Presented by Bestfriendz. Noon-7:30 p.m. $25. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., 4playdayparty.com.
Seventh Annual DJ SNS Day Party
Party with the Ciroc Boy and Bad Boy Entertainment mix master, DJ SNS. Presented by Bestfriendz and J&J Entertainment. Noon-7:30 p.m. $20 and up. Label, at AvidXchange Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., djsnsdayparty.com.
Chicken-N-Beer Day Party
Music by DJ Superstar Jay. Hosted by Adrian "Konfuzion" Mack. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. 1-7 p.m. Free admission before 2 p.m. with RSVP ticket; general admission, $15 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings, at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., ow.ly/meVL307VeFb.
The Day Party of All Day Parties with Special Ed and Ed Lover
Special Ed and DJ Ed Lover will host this party along with Tap Money and DJ Hukher. Music by DJ Kaos of New York City and DJ Hollywood. Presented by Eddietainment and Bossman Entertainment. 1-8 p.m. $15 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., thedaypartyofalldayparties.eventbrite.com.
Dayhem 6.0: The Day Party
Get your party on early in the day, order food and drinks, and dance to music by DJ Ngenius and Deron Juan. Presented by King Entertainment, Sol Kitchen, and Blue Goose. Noon-6 p.m. Free until 2 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $10 and up. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., dayhem6.eventbrite.com.
Rakim, DJ Kool, Chubb Rock, and Brand Nubian Day Party
Several hip-hop legends will be in the house. 1-7 p.m. $20 and up. V Charlotte (formerly Vanity Nightclub), 500 W. 5th St., vcharlotte.com.
The HBCU Daze – Day Party
Partake in a special food menu and drink specials, along with music from popular DJs. Presented by Talk of the City, LK and R&R Productions, and Digital Divas. 1-9 p.m. Free until 2 p.m. with RSVP. $10-$40 in advance. Flight Beer and Music Hall, 314 N. College St., 2017toptournamentparties.eventbrite.com.
We Know How to Party
The day party experience is happening at one of Uptown's newest venues. And you can even order brunch. Music by DJ Phalse ID. 1-7 p.m. $15 and up in advance. Ink N Ivy, 222 S. Church St., ctw2017.eventbrite.com.
*No Limit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse Live
Charlotte's Power 98 FM morning show is broadcasting live on location, featuring performances by DJ Luke Nasty, Swift, Nick Grant, and Da Baby. 6-10 a.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
*Rock The Rooftop Featuring Chubb Rock
This is an official day party of the CIAA Tournament, with a performance by Chubb Rock. Hosted by comedian Darren Brand and music by DJ Phalse ID. 2-7 p.m. Cost varies. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org/events.
Brims & Rims Day Party with Anthony Hamilton
The Charlotte native and The Hamiltones host this stylish event. 1-5 p.m. $40 and up. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., theqccollective.com.
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*CIAA Toyota Fan Fest
A full schedule of events and activities for fans, including contests, prize giveaways, cooking demonstrations, a singing competition, local vendor village, celebrity appearances, and concerts by national recording artists. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
*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. Hosted by Power 98 FM. Doors open 6 p.m.; show starts 7:30 p.m. $30. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., ciaastepshows.com.
DJ Kool's 4th Annual Hip-Hop Takeover
The DMV will be in the house for DJ Kool's annual party, with the legend performing live. Hosted by Old School 105.3 FM and an opening set by DJ Short Dawg. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Club Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Rd., clubvibrations.eventbrite.com.
Friday Night Live 7
This annual event continues, where you invited to party on two levels, with two dance floors and two DJs: Kaos and Lonnie B. Presented by Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Blackfinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., fnl7.eventbrite.com.
Ink N Ivy Elite with Morris Chestnut and Cynthia Bailey
Movie star Morris Chestnut and reality TV star Cynthia Bailey host this party at one of Charlotte's newest venues. Music by DJ DR and DJ Rwonz. Presented by ClubNet360/Teddy Gilmore, Yandrick Paraison, and PAC Public Relations. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and up; VIP table available. Ink N Ivy, 222 S. Church St., ink-n-ivy-elite.eventbrite.com.
2 Chainz at V Charlotte
2 Chainz is always a crowd favorite and he'll take over this party on three floors with three DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 and up. V Charlotte (formerly Vanity Nightclub), 500 W. 5th St., vcharlotte.com.
It's party-meets-playhouse at Charlotte’s newest gaming bar. Presented by Culture19. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Lucky's Bar & Arcade, 300 N. College St., culture19.com.
DJ Esco Live
DJ Esco is most-known as rapper Future's DJ, and his current mixtape spawned the hit, "Too Much Sauce." Presented by South Coast Marketing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
HBCU Xperience with Lance Gross and Toya Wright
Actor Lance Gross and reality TV star Toya Wright host this party, with music by DJ Skillz. Presented by Sol Kitchen, Dynasty 5, and Eric Terry Group. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Flight Beer Garden & Music Hall (formerly Republic), 314 N. College St., hbcuxperience.eventbrite.com.
Live Jazz at The Imperial
Check out Charlotte's newest nightclub and jazz lounge, with live music and craft cocktails. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. The Imperial, 300 N. College St., imperialclt.com.
Varsity Club with Angela Yee
The first lady of The Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, hosts this party. Music by DJ Deron Juan. Presented by A.C.T. Productions, Maz Entertainment, FVG, Kiss Ent., and First Class. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Enso, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., varsityclubenso.eventbrite.com.
Spend Friday night partying with the California rapper whose hits include "CoCo" and "Cut It." Presented by Suite and South Coast Marketing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., otgenasissuite.eventbrite.com.
Tournament Weekend Night Party 2017 with DJ BMIC
Enjoy music by DJ BMIC, food and drink specials, and hookah service. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $10 an up. Fusion Lounge, 6432 E. Independence Blvd., eventbrite.com/e/ciaa-weekend-night-party-2017-by-dj-bmic-tickets-32137450981.
Jeezy & Boosie ATL to NO Tournament Takeover Party
Two of the biggest rappers from the South host this party, representing their cities. Hosted by Greg MoneyMan Jones and @IAmMuggsy. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $45 and up; VIP tables available. The Palace Charlotte, 415 E. 8th St., thebgrayexperience.com.