Fantasia’s Album Release Party, Golf Week Parties, Live Music, and More April 29-May 2

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R&B star Fantasia celebrates the release of her new album Monday night at Label.

It’s a busy week for social events and parties in Charlotte. Here are several you should know about. (Check back later for the list of weekend events.) 

Monday, April 29

Fantasia’s Album Release Party
With her new album, Side Effects Of You, projected to land at or near the top of this week’s Billboard 200 chart, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Fantasia hosts her album release party tonight. Come party with the High Point-native-turned-Charlottean and her friends. Music by DJ Flemingo. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $20-$40 in advance; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, fantasiacharlotte.eventbrite.com
 
Monday Funday (weekly event)
Try out this Service Industry Night party infused with karaoke (the singing begins at 9 p.m.). Drinks include $2.50 Miller Lite and $3 well drinks. Free. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St., dixiescharlotte.com.
 

Tuesday, April 30

Tuesday Night Tee Party
It’s the annual kickoff to partying during Golf Week, a.k.a. the week of the Wells Fargo Championship. Expect to see some of golf’s biggest stars in attendance, along with live music by The Voltage Brothers. Wine or dine at one of the Phillips Place bars or restaurants to receive a complimentary ticket for admission. 6 p.m. Admission by ticket only. Phillips Place, 6700 Phillips Place Ct., paschalpromotions.com/events/tuesday-night-tee-party.
 
Tuesday Night Jazz 
It’s time again for this popular, monthly jazz series. This installment features Hidden Beach Recording artist, trombonist Jeff Bradshaw. Presented by Jazz Diva Events and CBS Radio. 8-10:30 p.m. $20. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/event/6091177877.
 
Belvedere: Own The Night
This is a great opportunity to check out the newly renovated bar and lounge and its updated weekly specials. There's a special event on this night, showcasing cocktails made with Belvedere vodka. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, ice luges, and music by DJ Troy. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Free admission. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St., cravedessertbar.com, facebook.com/events/640544415960230.
 

Wednesday, May 1

Garcia + Benitez Style Lounge Spring 2013
Young philanthropists, Alex Garcia and Jonathan Benitez, are hosting their inaugural style lounge, described as a culturally diverse space where fashion meets philanthropy. Artists, designers, stylists, and fashion mavens will showcase their latest works. The evening will benefit I Am Not Media, a nonprofit organization that empowers teens and young adults to become conscious viewers of the media, critical decision makers, and to embrace their individuality. 7-10 p.m. $20. 'Stache House Bar & Lounge, 1520 South Blvd., stachehouseclt.com, gbstylelounge.eventbrite.com.
 
Girls Night Out (weekly event)
Grab your girlfriends and check out Charlotte’s newest nightclub, where line dancing is among the highlights. Ladies will enjoy free admission, $2.50 domestic beers, wine, and well drinks, as well as being able to spin a wheel for prizes. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saddle Up Saloon & Dancehall, at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., saddleupsaloon.com.
 
Who's Plaid
As Golf Week continues, you’re invited to come dressed in plaid at this party, in honor of golfers. 10 p.m. Free admission before 11:30 p.m. if you wear plaid. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.
 

Thursday, May 2

Alive After Five (weekly event)
After spending April at Wells Fargo Plaza, AA5 now moves to the EpiCentre for the remainder of its 2013 run. Music this week by Life of the Party on the rooftop stage, and Skate Rink Jukebox on the courtyard stage. 5 p.m. Free; VIP tickets available. Wristbands from Alive After Five get you free entry in official after-parties at Whisky River, Suite, BlackFinn, and StrikeCity. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., aliveafterfives.com.
 
Met Live: Music on the Greenway (weekly event)
This spring/summer after-work series returned last week, offering you an evening to hear live music, enjoy food and drinks, and view the Uptown skyline and Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Music this week by Coconut Groove Band. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., metmidtown.com/metropolitan-metlive.htm.
 
Gary Ray Live
Country music singer-songwriter Gary Ray performs. Drink specials: $1.75 Miller Lite and $2.50 house vodka specials. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $3 cover charge for men; women admitted free. Coyote Joe's, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., coyote-joes.com.
 
Law'd O Mercy (weekly event)
Get your party on at this South End lounge. Music by DJ Ahuf and guests. Drink specials: $2 Miller High Life and $5 fireball. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., apostrophelounge.com
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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