Friday, December 5, 2014

Is it 5 o'clock yet? Ginuwine, 2nd Chance Santa and house-hopping!

I'm so hype about tonight! A Muddy River tasting in a New Orleans-style pub themed home is part of the Holiday Home Tour. The home tour...Who knew? I can't wait to hit the streets tonight.

Actually, I started last night at The Weihnachtsmarkt, the winter marketplace held in OMB Biergarten. It was fire pits, cevaps (Sunterra Gourmet) and beer.  OMB tapped the Yule Bock, which was tasty with a hint of spice. It packs a slight punch with 7% ABV. I missed the teacup pot-bellied pig, but I did have a great conversation with two 60-something couples, one of whom visited the winter markets in Germany. If you want to avoid kids, go later in the evening. It ends Saturday. While you're there offer congrats since OMB was voted best tour by USA Today readers. For more holiday fun see my holiday party guide.

Now for tonight's festivities. I already mentioned the home tour, ends Sunday, and there's 2nd Chance Santa and Ginuwine performing tonight. Is it 5 o'clock yet?

Sexy R&B - Singer Ginuwine and RL team up for an intimate performance. 9 p.m. Republic, 314 N. College St. $35 and up. Parking: Surface lots (cash), on-street and 7th Street parking deck.

Soulful Rock - The Dirty Guv'nahs bring its Chasing Forever Tour to Charlotte. The six-piece Knoxville-based band's live show has been described as an experience. The band's newest album is "Hearts On Fire." 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15 and up. Parking: Surface lots (cash), on-street.


Courtney Recommends - The Balsa Gliders, a sextet that produces '90s nostalgic sounds. Read more on Sound Bites. 8:30 p.m., Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10. Parking: Surface lots (cash), on-street.

Don't forget:

is a First Friday special event featuring vocalists Persona Bell, Kerri LaShawn and Amanda Hampton performing classic jazz and holiday standards. 9 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.