Saturday, April 23, 2016

Prince tribute party tonight, festivals and more today

I was all excited about the Charlotte Jazz Festival late night jam and "Schoolhouse Rocks Live!" Adult Night, but now Su Casa's Prince tribute party is a priority. So many events to choose from. Wherever you go, be sure to party like it's 1999! See you in the streets... 

Purple Tears - Bring your grief, your joy and you soul to Su CASA: The April Edition! It’s a tribute to Prince and also features film, live art, face painting and more. Celebrate Prince’s life and music the way he would’ve wanted - party like it’s 1999! 10 p.m.  Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave

Countdown Party - It’s hard to believe, but AIDSWalk is only two weeks away. Nathan Smith is one of eight hosts for tonight’s party featuring music by DJ Rob Reeves.  Cathode drag headliners Angela Lopez, Bella Jade and Felicia Monet will volunteer for photo ops with the AIDSWALK Jeep. Cathode will donate 50% of door cover and eventbrite sales of VIP lounge to AIDSWALK! Freebies and more. 10 p.m., Cathode Azure Club, 1820 South Blvd, Ste 106. Details.

Pop Up Market - Local vendors Weird Empire, the Daily Press CLT and the Gateau Baking Company are participating in the Cherry Pie - Pop-Up Market. Enjoy an art show, coffee, pastry, and more. Unitl 6 p.m., Union Shop Studio, 5019 Wilkinson Blvd. Details.

Jazz Lovers - This is your weekend with dozens of live jazz events throughout the week ranging from lunch to late night jam sessions. Highlights include tonight’s Charlotte Jazz Festival First Night featuring Sammy Miller and the Congregation with special guest Wynton Marsalis, Friday’s Jazz in the Key of Life featuring Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra on Friday and a Creole Jazz Brunch on Saturday. Events range from free to ticketed. Various venues uptown. Schedule.

Outdoor Festival - St. Paul and the Broken Bones headline the kickoff concert for TuckFest. It's a weekend of competitions and live music at the 5 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Rafting Center,  5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

Film Festival - The 2016 GayCharlotte Film Festival features full-length drama and comedies, documentaries and short films. Various times throughout the weekend. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd, 501 Queens Rd.

‘90s R&B - Need to hear some R&B to set off a romantic night? Don’t miss Jagged Edge.  Hits include “Promise,” “Gotta Be” and “Where the Party At?” They performed to a small, but enthusiastic crowd CIAA weekend, but it was a good show. Food will also be available. 10 p.m. The White House, 4808 Wilkinson Blvd. Details.

Jimmy Buffett Party Bus Events

1:00-2:00pm - Check-In (Tyber Creek Pub)
2:00 - Bus Departs for PNC Music Pavilion
7:00 - Concert Starts
*** Bus will depart 30 min. after the show


2:00 pm - Meet at Hot Taco, 200 East Bland Street
5:30 pm - Bus leaves for the concert
$20 and fees. Tickets.

I’m Just A Bill - My brother and I always started Saturday mornings with cartoons and “School House Rocks!” I can’t wait, wait, wait for tonight’s "Schoolhouse Rocks Live!" Adult Night No kids allowed for this show. We adults get to join the mosh pit and rock to this childhood favorite. Pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. with food, beer and wine from Mac’s Speedshop. 7:30 p.m., Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 300 E. 7th Street. $12 and up.

BBQ Competition - The 3rd annual Smoke Off BBQ Competition features 20 amateur teams making yummy food. Teams cook all day. $10 gets you unlimited samples till 5 p.m., which is when the voting begins. There’s also beer and live music. Benefits Purple Heart Homes. 1 p.m., The Unknown Brewing Company, 1327 S Mint St. Details.