Culture Couture, Old-School Hip Hop, Live Music, Fundraisers, and Top DJs this Weekend
If it’s winter, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Get out and have a good time at one or more of these events this weekend.
Friday, February 24
Chill Chaser Evening
The monthly Friday cocktail hour is back at this historic mansion (also mark your calendars for the Friday, March 23 event). Get your weekend off to a great start by enjoying a fun, casual evening with hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Harrison Booth and a cash bar. And with this warmer-than-usual February weather, take a stroll on the pristine grounds. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Rd., dukemansion.com.
Culture Couture (weekly event)
It’s a fashionable party each Friday night at this chic lounge. Several Charlotte socialites will also be celebrating their birthdays, and several local promoters (MAZ Entertainment, King Entertainment, A.C.T. Productions, The A-List, The Committee, IV Horsemen) will be giving away tickets to their CIAA Week parties. Music by DJ Pyro. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Kalu Asian Kitchen, Bar and Lounge, 505 E. Sixth St., kalunc.com.
Stronger with DJ Icey
DJ Icey headlines a group of DJs tonight, including Aaron Sigmon and Frenzy, Super Funky Space Monkeys, DJ Transit, and DJ Smiley. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $7-$10. Ages 18 and older admitted. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com, Facebook invite.
Old-School Special Edition (O.S.S.E.) (weekly event)
Presented each week by hip hop icon Special Ed, tonight’s installment features special guest and fellow rap legend Dana Dane. Party with a mature crowd and enjoy classic hip hop. Music by DJ DR. 10 p.m. Free until 11 p.m.; cover charge after; VIP tables available. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com.
Saturday, February 25
Bowl for Kids’ Sake!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte presents this annual fundraiser, bringing together those who share a common interest in advancing and improving the lives of children in our community. In this bowl-a-thon, teams work collectively to reach their individual and team fundraising goals. You can choose two-hour increments to participate; please arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your bowling time. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Donations accepted; click here for pledge info. StrikeCity, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com, bbbscharlotte.org.
12th Annual Guys & Dolls Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction
This is a popular event each year with young professionals. About two dozen single men and women will be auctioned off in date packages—so bring your credit cards. Enjoy a DJ and dancing and your ticket includes complimentary beer and wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, plus entry into the after-party at Prohibition. Emcees for the evening are FOX Charlotte’s Morgan Fogarty and her former broadcast partner-turned-syndicated-Chicago-radio-star Brotha Fred. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Attire is black-tie optional. 6:30 p.m. $100. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. Third St., guysanddollscharlotte.com.
Saturdays Unplugged (weekly event)
It’s the party where DJ meets live band, featuring The Mighty VKC band playing hip hop, R&B, jazz, and go-go. 10 p.m.; band goes on at 11:30 p.m. Free; VIP tables available. Ages 25 and up admitted. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St., lunacharlotte.com.
QC Rave Presents Styles&Complete
Charlotte’s popular DJ duo Styles&Complete are leading the musical charge during this rave, along with Rob Banks and DJ Soden. Dance to dubstep, electro, house, and hip hop in a completely black-lit atmosphere. $10-$12. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., amossouthend.com.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
Be sure to bookmark www.charlottemagazine.com/Blogs/Dusk-Till-Dawn to stay plugged into Charlotte nightlife.