Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Weekend Preview: Black Music Month, 30 Under 30 and more

The recycling beer event at Sugar Creek Brewing Company is definitely my favorite concept for an event this week. But there's more. Let's get this party started. See in you in the streets...


Beer For A Blender - Gotta love this concept. Donate household utensils, electronics and other stuff and get a free beer at Recycling Metal to Recycle Lives.  $15 admission includes an entree, two sides, and a beer. Enjoy $4 beer specials, a silent auction and raffles. Proceeds benefit Queen City Metal Recycling Salvage which supports mental health and fights homelessness. 5 p.m. Sugar Creek Brewing Company, 215 Southside Drive.

Black Music Month - Celebrate Black Music Month at Gantt After Dark On the Rooftop, Under the Stars. Entertainment by The Harvey Cummings Band featuring Touch One Productions. Enjoy spoken-word, DJ SPK's and visual artists Monique Luck and Monroe Tarver. Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. 6 - 10 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center at Levine Center for the Arts, 551 South Tryon St. $10 for non-members, free for members.

More Black Culture - The 18th Annual Junteenth Festival of the Carolinas features live music, a parade, drum circle, food and more. It’s four days of events. Free. Independence Park.

Head Outside - Looking to enjoy this hotastic weather? The Battle Royale Sup Sprint Series is a beginner friendly paddling race on the lower ponds.  Afterwards live music during the River Jam concert series. 5:30 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

They’ve Got Next - Elevate Magazine presents its 30 Under 30: Future Leaders Of Charlotte. Meet the 30 millennials whom Elevate has chosen to be the future leaders of Charlotte. Stay for the after- party featuring music by DJ Enferno. 7 p.m. Suite, 210 East Trade St.

Afro-Cuban Beats - Mint To Move returns with Afro-Cuban and Latin-American dance rhythms. Tonight’s dance party celebrates Dominican Republic & Independence of Argentina, Columbia, Peru and Venezuela. Featuring DJ Pepito and Rumbao Latin Dance Company. Dance lessons with Rumbao at 8:45 p.m. Live Music: Jerry Giraud, Angel Delgado, and Brandon Nater. Also with performances and local visual artists. $7 and up 1 off individual admission before 9 p.m.

Rock It: Get your groove on at Discovery Place Museum’s Science on the Rocks:  World Tour.  The monthly event showcases the museum’s new exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World. Visitors will explore a gallery of rare and iconic instruments such as the Rock Ock, the world’s only playable 8-neck guitar, a PRS Dragon guitar inlaid with 238 pieces of gold and precious gem guitars that date as far back as 1806. Charlotte’s own MIAMI DICE performs. Guitars are cool, but the  VIP Dressing Room features pre-show rider requests of megastars like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Van Halen, Kanye West and Prince. Don’t miss the Celebrity Look-A-like Contest and Air Guitar Smackdown. The Rock and Roll specialty cocktail is rum, spiced rum, pineapple juice, mint and lime. $8 and $10. Full schedule.


Family Fun - Bring the family, blankets and coolers out to Jazz In The Park. Tonight’s show features keyboardist Greg Karukas and Flutist Kim Scott. 6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd.

Jazz Under The Stars - Will Downing, Brian Culbertson, and Mike Phillips with Karen Briggs headline the Queen City Jazz Festival. 7 p.m. Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $55 and up.

Frat Party - This isn’t your average frat party. The men are dapper and the women will be gorgeous at the Omegas’ Sundresses & Seersuckers party. Live music. 6 p.m Deerpond Plantation, 8033 Hood Road.