Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weekend Preview: Panthers pep rally, beer and BBQ festival and Cornel West

Get some rest now because this is going to be a busy weekend. And, Sip + Play Charlotte is giving away free tickets to Friday's pep rally and bar crawl at the EpiCentre. Click here to win!


Symphony Launch - The Charlotte Symphony launches the it’s new season with Symphony on Tap tonight, a debut season preview party. Begins at 5:30 p.m. outside Belk Theater along Tryon Street with a brass ensemble performance of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The hour-long preview concert inside Belk Theater will begin at 6 p.m. and selections will include the Allegro con brio from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Hoe-down from Rodeo by Copland, a selection from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, a James Bond medley, and more. 5:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N Tryon St. Free.

Latin Grooves - The Mint Museum’s Latin Music Concert Series features different Latin music from classic music to Latin jazz performed by local musicians. This is the first of four concerts. 6:30 p.m., Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon St. $15 Mint Members; $20 Non-Members

Chief Activist -  His lectures are legendary, his words are big and his fro is even bigger. The larger than life academic, activist and intellectual Cornel West headlines the 3rd Annual Gantt Symposium. 7 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon St.


Panther Pep Rally - The EpiCentre is getting you ready for the Carolina Panthers first home game with the Bud Light Pep Rally and Bar Crawl. Appearances by the PurrCussion Band, Sir Purr & Top Cat Cheerleaders. Ticket gets you a Panthers’ T-shirt and free entry to the more than one dozen participating bars. 7 p.m. Registration at Rooftop 210. $5. CLICK HERE TO WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE BAR CRAWL

For the Family - The multi-platinum band Gin Blossoms will headline the two-day Southern Sauce Beer, a BBQ and bands two-day festival in Uptown Charlotte. The festival celebrates Southern BBQ, craft beer and live music.

The Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship portion of the festival will be held at Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church St. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Features BBQ vendors, a “Pig Pit” dining area and blues bands performing on the Charlotte Blues Society stage. More information is available at

The Charlotte Beerfest portion will be held inside BB&T Ballpark on Saturday, September 20. VIP admission begins at 4 p.m. and general admission begins at 5 p.m. Features 10  breweries. Live music includes Simplified and the Gin Blossoms.

Bike Scavenger Hunt - This sounds real fun. Birdsong Brewing Co., Heist Brewery, and Four Dogs Pet Supplies present the Char-Heel Classic, a bicycle scavenger hunt. It’s a fundraiser for REACT Thyroid Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising funds to find the cure for thyroid cancer. $80 registration fee for team of four to bike around Charlotte collecting points by photographing stuff from a list of activities. 9 a.m. Registration, Birdsong Brewing, 1016 N Davidson St. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Scavenger Hunt, 2 - 5 p.m. After-Party with music, food trucks, the event slideshow, and a silent auction. Registration details.

Interactive Play - This sounds crazy fun too! Citizens of the Universe: A Disturbance in Whitechapel presents Jack the Ripper. Audience members join the search for Jack the Ripper on the streets of NoDa in a tour-style drama. 7:30 p.m. In NoDa. Tickets.

Gospel Music Festival - Gospel favorites Vashawn Mitchell, Charles Jenkins and Ruth La’Ontra headline the Queen City Gospel Fest. Bring the family out for this free Christian family event. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St. Details.