Saturday, January 31, 2015

Earl's Grocery brings some funk to Elizabeth and today's haps

Earl's Grocery has discovered a little secret. Older adults and young adults can mix in the same spot if the vibe is right. Last night, the vibe was right. DJ That Guy Smitty spun a funky playlist of old school R&B, funk and soul. Here's the key - the music was loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to overpower the conversations. Clusters of people huddled at tables munching on cheese trays, sandwiches and other goodies. The pop-up crew Haunt mixed up a variety of drinks from Old Fashions to Hot Toddies. 

The fun starts early today. I'm headed to the Queen City's Brewer's Festival this afternoon. It's pretty much sold out, but there are some other things to do jumping off now and tonight.  See you in the streets.

For The Family - Stoke your kid's imagination, or indulge yourself at Charlotte Minicon. At least a dozen creators and a variety of vendors will be on hand for Charlotte's longest-running comic convention. Ends at 5 p.m., Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr. Parking onsite.

Hear Brazilian, Afrobeat, Latin, South African houseand more at Su Casa, It’s a night for samba, salsa, and whatever else they cook up. DJs Su CASA resident Justice Asaru-Re Uzn + Jay Cooper (aka DJ Vonfunkhauser) and DJ Steel Wheel! 10 p.m. Petra’s Piano and Cabaret Bar. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.

Courtney Recommends - It’s never too early to get in the spirit of Mardis Gras. Join Carolina Gator Gumbo and Zydeco Ya Ya. More details on Courtney’s Soundbites. 7 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $8. Bring cash for parking. Limited street parking available. This is an all ages show.


Hip-hop Heads - Don't miss Shawty Lo: The Official Mixtape Release Party. Chest-thumping bass and the typical hip-hop bravado are hallmarks of Shawty Lo's songs.  If you are looking to wyle-out like they do in the hip-hop videos this is the party for you. 10 p.m. Republic, 314 N. College St. Free b4 11:30 with RSVP. $20 after.