Springtime Events, ‘Illmatic’ Tribute Party, Cigars and Stilettos, Oak Room’s First Anniversary, and More April 17-20

Photo credit: oakroomclt.com
Oak Room celebrates its first anniversary Saturday night.
The days leading up to Easter are quite eventful in Charlotte. Your social itinerary awaits. 

Thursday, April 17

Alive After Five (weekly event)
The city’s largest weekly, after-work party is in full swing. Performances by Rubberband on the rooftop stage and White Chocolate on the courtyard stage. And when AA5 ends, your wristband gets you into after-parties at surrounding venues. 5 p.m. Free admission. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., aliveafterfives.com.
Charlotte Civic Mixer
The Code for America Fellows is visiting Charlotte for the week, learning about the civic community. You’re invited to this casual get-together to talk about civic innovation—neighborhoods, research, technology, maps, and more. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary beverage. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested. Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., packardplace.us, eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-civic-mixer-tickets-11179318643.
Blondes vs. Brunettes Player Auction
The ladies of Blondes vs. Brunettes Charlotte, and their many supporters, continue to build momentum toward their big fundraising game next month. On this night, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle, and bid on plenty of auction items, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association-Western Carolina. Music by DJ Bryson Rider. 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com, twitter.com/BvBCharlotte.
DJ Chaka’s Three-Year Anniversary Party
Uptown’s popular Latin nightclub is celebrating its resident deejay’s, DJ Chaka, anniversary. DJ Cali will also be on the wheels. $3 drink specials and $99 bottles. 10 p.m. Ladies free before midnight. Latorre’s, 116 W. 5th St., latorrescharlotte.com, facebook.com/latorresdisco.

Friday, April 18

Patio Party (new weekly event)
This Plaza Midwood hotspot recently kicked off its weekly patio party for the season. There’ll be draft beer specials, a chef on the grill, and live music. 4-8 p.m. Free admission. The Peculiar Rabbit, 1212 Pecan Ave., thepeculiarrabbit.com.
Village Tavern at 5 
Hit the after-work scene in SouthPark, and enjoy live acoustic music by Jared Allen, and drink specials such as $3 Budweiser and Bud Light, $5 wine, and $5 margaritas. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Village Tavern, 4201 Congress St., paschalpromotions.com/events/village-tavern-at-5-April.
Champagne and Couture
Designer Erin Bohanon from RCB Fashions will showcase her latest designs, and there will also be fashion and spa giveaways. Guests will enjoy $4 specialty martinis and champagne, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. 7-10 p.m. RSVP to snewlon@bubblecharlotte.com. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
Cigars and Stilettos
And the fun continues at Bubble, as the night will also feature this 1920s-themed party. There’ll be stirred Manhattan and Marilyn Monroe drink specials, hand-rolled cigars by Outland Cigars, and wearers of the best ’20s male and female-themed outfits will receive a $250 gift card to Heels.com and Outland Cigars. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
It’s time again for Moxie Society’s popular, monthly mixer, at this intimate Uptown lounge. Music by DJ DR. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
1, 2, 3 Spring Kickoff Weekend (Friday and Saturday)
Bar-hoppers along Montford Drive often make this lounge their destination for good drinks and dancing. This two-night party celebrates spring, offering “1, 2, 3 specials:” $1 Jello shots, $2 beers, and $3 flavored vodkas. Music by DJ Method. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr., facebook.com/southsideclt.
Plā Day Friday
EDM lovers, this night’s for you. Music by DJs Danny B, Tookie, Rob Banks, and Richard Wette. 10 p.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.

Saturday, April 19

Spring Wake Up
This inaugural event offers you all-day fun on Lake Norman. North Point Watersports will provide three boats to pull surfers and wakeboarders (bring your boards or use their demos), but if you aren’t so adventurous you can enjoy the cornhole tournament, live music, and food from local food trucks. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Stutts Marina, 571 Stutts Rd., Mooresville, facebook.com/SpringWakeUp.
Reggae Spring Fling
Reggae band Mystic Vibrations will perform live, in addition to music from DJ Hukher. It will be a festive afternoon on the patio, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Police Athletic League. Presented by the Matthews Road Wolves Motorcycle Club. 1-5 p.m. $10. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St., taverncharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/matthews-road-wolves-present-reggae-spring-fling-tickets-10104586089.
Candid Conversations with Female Entrepreneurs 
The Garner Circle PR and the 518 Group present this afternoon of cupcakes, cocktails, and conversations for the “fiercely fabulous female business owner” and aspiring entrepreneurs. This is the launch of the Candid Conversations series in the Queen City, and more events such as panel discussions, mixers, and luncheons will follow. 1-3 p.m. RSVP for complimentary admission. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. 5th St., cravedessertbar.com, candidconversationscharlotte.eventbrite.com.
Illmatic 20th Year Anniversary Tribute Day Party 
In honor of one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time—Nas’ Illmatic—turning 20 years old, The JETA Team present this day party. DJ Skillz will spend classic hip hop along with today’s hits. 4-9 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP tables available. Empire Lounge, 130 W. Summit Ave., illmatic20.eventbrite.com
Oak Room Turns One
This South End nightclub opened exactly one year ago, and quickly became the go-to Saturday night spot. Three DJs will entertain an expected capacity crowd: DJs Edward Shouse, Forge, and J. Overcash. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission, early arrival suggested; for VIP tables, yussra@oakroomclt.com. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
Annual Egg Drop
This Uptown bar hosts its annual night-before-Easter event, at which eggs will be hidden throughout the bar and contain drink cards, candy, cash, and T-shirt vouchers. Drink specials include $3 drafts, $3 shots, and $4 cocktails. Music by DJ Jimmy Hype. 10 p.m. Free admission. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St., tiltontrade.com.
Party with Jay Ellis
Known as Blue on the BET hit television series The Game, actor Jay Ellis hosts this party. Music by DJ Loui Vee. Presented by RoundTable Entertainment, Sol Kitchen, and Dynasty 5. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., roundtableglobal.net, jayellisrepublic.eventbee.com.

Sunday, April 20


Happy Easter!

On Charlotte magazine's Dine & Dish blog, Sarah Nowicki has compiled a list of Easter brunches. Click here
Bobcats Playoff Watch Party
The Charlotte Bobcats have made the playoffs for the second time in their 10-year franchise history. This is the first game in the first-round matchup against the Miami Heat, and even though the team is visiting Miami, back here in Charlotte some of the Bobcats staff are organizing this watch party. Hosted by the LadyCats (cheerleaders) and game announcer Big Pat, there’ll also be games and giveaways, including the chance to win playoff tickets. Party starts at 2 p.m.; game tips off at 3:30 p.m. Free admission. Hickory Tavern, at Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., facebook.com/HT.Metropolitan, bobcats.com.
Label On Sunday: Holiday Weekend Celebration
Some of the region’s best hip hop DJs are brought in here on Sunday nights, and it continues this Sunday with DJ B-Lord. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; VIP tables available, shawn@labelcharlotte.com. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, thesolkitchen.com.
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