Live Music and DJs, Flip Your Gift Party, Panthers Playoff Mania, and More Jan. 9-12

Photo credit: EpiCentre
The EpiCentre will entertain large crowds of Panthers fans all weekend.
If you’re in Charlotte this weekend, you won’t be able to escape the cat scratch fever, or all the fans who will keep pounding (those drinks) in anticipation and celebration of the Carolina Panthers' big game on Sunday. And there are several other good parties and social events taking place over the next four days. 

Thursday, January 9

Roast Beef & Rye Grand Opening
This New York City-style delicatessen invites you to help celebrate its opening in South End. The evening will feature live entertainment, complimentary sliders, and $1 draft beer. Plus, the full food and beer/wine menu will be available. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Roast Beef & Rye, 1520 South Blvd., Suite 130,,
Overtime – The Professional Happy Hour (new weekly event)
C Squared Events is bringing together professionals to network at chic venues each Thursday, with this month’s taking place on the second floor at Chima. Enjoy food and drink specials while you meet new acquaintances. 5:30-9 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested (at c2 website). Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St.,,
Chiver Party
This Ballantyne bar celebrates the debut of Chives KCCO Black Lager, and the event will also raise money for the Keep a Breast Foundation. Donate $4 and receive an “I heart boobies” bracelet. Fox and Hound Ballantyne, 15235 John J. Delaney Dr.,
The Pairing: An Evening of Fashion, Culture, and Indulgence
Watch as some Charlotteans get makeovers and show off some fun, new looks you might want to try in 2014. Complimentary champagne and prizes will be given away. Hosted by Charlotte Seen and the Possession Obsession blog. Event begins 7 p.m.; show starts 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,
Collision Thursday (weekly event)
This popular nightclub recently added Thursday to its hours, which will feature a night of house music versus hip hop music. DJs will play battle-style sets. Music by DJ Ahuf and others. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. X Nightclub, 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Friday, January 10

Carolina Panthers Pep Rally Weekend (Friday-Sunday)
Celebrate the Panthers playoff game all weekend at the EpiCentre leading up to the Sunday matchup. Friday will feature the Miller Lite Panthers Playoff Pep Rally and Bar Crawl. 8 p.m. The pep rally will feature the TopCats and Purrcussion Drum Line. The bar crawl ($15) includes a commemorative Panthers NFC South Champions T-shirt and entry to BlackFinn, StrikeCity, Vida, Bubble, Whisky River, Suite, La Tagliatella, Tin Roof, Howl at the Moon, Mortimer’s, and Studio Movie Grill, Saturday will feature a family-friendly pep rally and carnival, with games, prizes, street performers, kids’ activities, and music. 12-5 p.m. Free. And on Sunday, several of the venues will show the game. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
Angela Marie Live at The Q (Friday and Saturday)
Canadian singer Angela Marie will perform live here on back-to-back nights, while you order some great barbecue, burgers, beer, and such. Music starts at 7 p.m. Free admission. Queen City Q, 225 E. 6th St.,
Pulse 2.0 (weekly event)
This hip-hop party usually fills up both levels of this Uptown bar on Friday nights. Music this week by DJ A-Minor. Presented by ANTique Events. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St.,,
“FreEDM” Friday
Leading house DJ, Bad Boy Bill, will spin, after opening sets by Nick Spain and Jason Wiggz. Presented by Disco Donnie and Sugar Society. 9 p.m. Free admission with RSVP. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,
Queen City Awards After-Party
After Charlotte comes together to honor top musicians (, from country to hip hop, the party will continue at this recently opened Uptown nightclub. 10 p.m. Free admission before midnight. Level Charlotte, 225 N. Caldwell St.,,
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A gift you don't want can actually be the gift that keeps on giving, if you attend Saturday's Flip Your Gift Party.

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Saturday, January 11

Flip Your Gift Party
Christmas was great and all, but you probably received some gifts you have no use for. Well, come swap them out and have fun doing it at this re-gifting party. Schedule: 11 a.m.: attendees arrive, register their gifts, and shop pop-up stores; 12-12:30 p.m.: gift exchange; 12:30-1 p.m.: mingle and shop some more. Presented by HoneeBee Gifts. Free admission. Interior Motives, 2425 South Blvd.,
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte
It’s time for North Carolina Dance Theatre’s annual black-tie fundraising gala, where local celebrities, who’ve been paired with professional dancers, will dance in competition. The evening will also feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a separate performance from the company members of NCDT, before concluding with attendees joining the stars on the dance floor. Philip Bailey, the voice of Earth, Wind & Fire, will make a special guest appearance on stage with Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters. Admission time depends on level of ticket purchased; 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. $100-$250. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.,
Pianos Rock Kickoff
This Elizabeth hotspot is kicking off its live piano bar, which will be featured every Saturday night. Come sing along, and enjoy drink specials such as $3 Bud Light draft and a $4 shot. And a pair of Panthers playoff tickets will be given away. 9 p.m. Free admission. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell Rd.,
Signature Saturdays
Taking place the second and last Saturday of every month, this night features live jazz by The Harvey Cummings Project, followed by music from DJ Shogun. Drink specials include $3 bottled beers, $6 martinis, and $99 Moët bottles, and the food menu will be available. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before midnight; for VIP tables, Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St.,,
Ten & Two
It’s the monthly party where there’s a $10 cover charge and $2 drinks all night. And this Saturday night will celebrate the Panthers. Music by DJ Mydnite. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Roundtable Ent. 10 p.m. For VIP tables, Re:Public, 314 N. College St.,

Sunday, January 12


Panthers Game-Viewing Parties

The Carolina Panthers host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC divisional playoff game. Kickoff is 1:05 p.m.
@ The Tavern
This bar isn’t far from the stadium, which makes it popular for pre- and post-game celebrations. There’ll be food and drink specials. Doors open 11 a.m. Free admission; parking is $20 and you'll receive $10 in Tavern bucks to spend at the bar. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St.,
@ All American Pub
The Roaring Riot, the group of diehard Panthers fans, has hosted this "Cans:Recycled" viewing party and after-party for home games all season. The game will be shown on big screens with sound, and a DJ plays after. 12 p.m. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.,,
@ The Doghouse
It’s one of the biggest tailgate parties for Panthers fans during each home game, featuring a full bar, food from local restaurants, indoor seating, music, a live WFNZ broadcast, and several flatscreen TVs. 12 p.m. Free admission. WFNZ/CPI Security Doghouse, 401 W. Morehead St.,
@ Prohibition
Your admission cost gets you barbecue from Mac’s Speed Shop, complimentary drafts during the game, and $3 top-shelf liquor. DJ Londo will play after the game. 12 p.m. $10. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St.,,
@ Hickory Tavern
Panthers fans flock to several of the Hickory Tavern locations around Charlotte, but this is the coolest one of them all. Enjoy food and drink specials. 11 a.m. Free admission. Hickory Tavern, at The Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave.,
@ The Saloon
Come watch the game on 40 TVs, while you get your grub on to $0.50 wings, $0.50 domestic draft beers, and $2 domestic pitchers. Wear your Panthers gear and you’ll be entered to win several prizes that will be given away throughout the afternoon. 12 p.m. Free admission. The Saloon At The NC Music Factory, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,
San Francisco 49ers Fans Tailgate
Everyone who lives in Charlotte isn’t a Panthers fan, you know. There are some 49ers fans here too, and there will also be several of them visiting from around the state and country to support their team. Three fan clubs—the Niner Empire NC Triad Chapter, Spartans of the Niner Empire, and the Red & Gold Empire—are getting together to put on a tailgate party outside the stadium. There’ll be food, beer, and special guest appearances. 10 a.m. $5-$10. Lot 700 C, 700 S. Church St.,,
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Bowling Extravaganza
Spend the evening bowling for a great cause—proceeds will benefit Livestrong. Your ticket includes three games of bowling (and shoe rental), and prizes will be given away. Presented by SportsLink. 7:30-10 p.m. $20. Ten Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr.,,
Label On Sundays (weekly event)
It’s the fast-growing Sunday night party, featuring a different DJ each week. Music this Sunday by DJ Shaun Nyce. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,
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