Bartender's Ball is coming back next year with an international theme.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Charlotte is getting a major addition to its live music scene.
The N.C. Music Factory announced Thursday that Live Nation will open a Fillmore Music Hall in the entertainment complex in uptown's Fourth Ward. The concert promoter will also exclusively book the music factory's 5,000-seat outdoor boutique amphitheater.
“Having the Fillmore brings a world-class recognition to Charlotte,” said Noah Lazes of ARK Group, which is developing the Music Factory. “The Fillmore is arguably the most respected club venue in the world, by artists as well as fans.”
And with Live Nation operating the venue, “it's the best. It's like having Microsoft running your company,” Lazes said.
The original Fillmore opened in San Francisco in 1965 and attracted such music acts as The Who, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. Since then, Fillmore venues have opened in New York, Miami, Detroit and Denver.
Lazes says the 2,000-seat venue is slated to open in late spring or early summer.
What do you guys -- especially everyone posting on my last entry -- think about the news? Is this what Charlotte needs? Does a name like the Fillmore put Charlotte on the music map?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Cans General Manager Brian Labovitz tells me you'll find a whole new vibe on Saturdays in the lower level of the uptown bar, called the Underground.
Previously, the lower level was mostly used as an extension of the main floor entertainment, catering to the overspill of the crowd. Now, the bar is bringing in master mash-up DJ Vandam for Chop Shop on Saturdays.
“His style of mash-up DJing, by layering the new and trendy top 40 and house hits with our thematically appropriate retro '80s and '90s hits, gives Charlotte a much-needed musical kick in the (backside),” Labovitz says. “Best example I've heard (of his style) was M.I.A.'s ‘Paper Planes' with Bon Jovi's ‘Dead or Alive' mashed in.”
Labovitz also says the atmosphere of the lower level will be more clublike – but without pretentious lines or covers.
“Unlike most venues in Charlotte, Cans does not and will not charge a cover and avoids senseless lines to create the perception of being busy,” he says. “The new Underground will not alter that approach in the slightest.”
I didn't make it to the first Chop Shop this past Saturday -- did any of you? What did you think?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Some of Charlotte' s best bartenders gathered at Connolly's on Monday night to show off their mixology skills -- and it was all for a great cause.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I did a little digging to find out more about the "brawl" that happened uptown early Sunday morning.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Grand Central Deli & Spirits is closing after five years -- but the uptown bar promises to go out with a bang.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I'd be lying if I said I came home from "Chicago" (the musical, not the city) last night and went to bed.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Stopped into the new Five Guys on South Boulevard for lunch today (yum!) and popped my head into The Wine Loft next door.
Spirit Square was transformed into the 1960s on Sunday night for Beatlemania at the McGlohon Theatre.
Area bars got a financial boost this weekend with this year's Halloween falling on a Friday.