Mez’s Last Party, R. Kelly B-Day Bash, MLK and Inauguration Parties, and More Jan. 18-21

If you can’t celebrate with the Obamas in D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration this weekend, enjoy yourself in Charlotte.

Many of you have Monday off from work. Make every day count during this extended weekend, and party together like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to!


Friday, January 18

Charlotte Bobcats Watch Party
Cheer on your Bobcats as they take on the Orlando Magic. There’ll be prize giveaways, appearances by the Lady Cats, and food and drink specials. 7 p.m. Free. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.,,

Ladies Night
Ladies will be treated to two complimentary drinks from 9-11 p.m., courtesy of RockHouse Events. There will also be a drawing for a $300 Tory Burch gift card, along with drink specials all night. 9 p.m. Free. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St.,

Cosmic Gate
The international DJ superstars from Germany will rock the party with their mix of trance music. Charlotte DJ Kevin Focus will play the opening set. Presented by Disco Donnie and Sugar Society. 9 p.m. General admission $20; VIP admission $30; VIP tables available, Phoenix, 300 N. College St.,,

Pulse (weekly event)
Hundreds of partiers flock to this event each Friday night. DJ A-Minor will play your favorite hip hop tracks. Presented by ANTique Events. 10 p.m. Free; VIP tables available, 704-641-9415. Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St.,,


Saturday, January 19

End of Era: Mez’s Last Party
The popular EpiCentre restaurant-nightclub-movie-theater is closing next weekend, as a new tenant will take over and introduce a new, yet similar, concept next month. So you’re invited to come party one last time. More than 300 pairs of sunglasses will be given away. Presented by db Promotions. 10 p.m. Cost varies; VIP tables available, Mez, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Old School After-Glow, Hosted by MC Lyte
The hip hop legend will host this after-party, immediately following the 20th Annual Pride Awards, celebrating local African-American achievement. 10 p.m. $60. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.,

R. Kelly Birthday Bash
The king of R&B wants you to celebrate his birthday with him. Hosted by Power 98's Nolimit Larry. 10 p.m. General admission $20 in advance; VIP admission $50; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.,,


Sunday, January 20

NFL Playoffs Special
Watch the final four NFL teams battle it out for a trip to the Super Bowl. Games will be shown on multiple TVs, and for $25 per person you can enjoy all-you-can-eat wings and all-you-can-drink Miller Lite draft. 3 p.m. Free admission. Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell Rd.,

MLK Celebration: Bridging Musical Worlds
For the fifth year, jazz band A Sign Of The Times will collaborate with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra String Quartet in a performance to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 7-10 p.m. Free. The Historic Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd.,

Some of Charlotte’s leading party promoters unite to throw this party each year during MLK weekend. Expect a packed house. Music by DJ B-Lord and DJ 360. Presented by The Sol Kitchen, Round Table Ent., Blue Goose, and King Ent. 10 p.m. $20; VIP tables available, Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,

Uptown Sunday Night
In celebration of MLK and inauguration weekend—and no work on Monday—it’s a party for the mature hip hop and R&B lovers. Music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Hosted by slam poet Bluz. 10 p.m. $10. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St.,,


Monday, January 21

Blue Carpet 44: Inauguration Viewing Party and MLK Day Celebration
Watch the Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden on huge screens during this all-day party. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, door prizes, a silent auction, and a post-inaugural gala. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Noon-11 p.m. General admission $30; VIP admission $40. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,,


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