Regarded as the premier sporting event in black college sports culture, the CIAA Basketball Tournament attracts thousands of basketball fans and HBCU enthusiasts from around the country every Spring. Creative Loafing’s Charlotte bureau has become the ultimate guide for party listings surrounding this event, and has graciously extended the biggest and best events of the CI weekend to the HBCU Digest.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Pop Life at Luna Lounge. The folks at The Sol Kitchen brings you the first big party of CIAA weekend. Free. 6 p.m. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St. For more info, visit www.thesolkitchen.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Pink Groove 6 at Phoenix (formerly The Forum). Presented by the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Psi Omega Chapter. Music by DJ Stacey Blackmon. Advance tickets $35. 9 p.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St. For VIP tickets and more information contact 704-654-5181 or visit www.rhopsiomega.org/pinkgroove6.
Rick Ross at The Mansion. $15-$35 advance tickets. 8 p.m. The Mansion, 421 East Sugar Creek Road. For more information, visit http://envisionwithrickross.eventbrite.com.
Suite Dreams 3 at Suite. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and M. Simmons, with music by DJ BRORABB. Limited $10 advance tickets. 9 p.m. Suite, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.thesolkitchen.com.
The All-Tournament Alumni Mixer at Kalu. Presented by TMB Marketing Firm. Live music from a jazz band. 30 and up crowd. $20. 8 p.m. Kalu Restaurant, 505 E. 6th St. For more information, visit www.tmbmarketingfirm.com. To purchase tickets, go to www.ez-tixx.com.
The Prelude at Luna Lounge. Live performance by Eric Benet. $20 advance tickets. 10 p.m. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St. For more information, contact Randy McLeod at 980-333-7021 or Julio Boseman – 704-957-7765.
Tip Off Thursday at Whisky River. Presented by BestFriendz, Dynasty 5 and Pinkies Up Productions. Music by DJ Skillz. Ladies free with flyer before 11 p.m. $10-$20 advance tickets. 9 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. To purchase tickets, visit http://tipoffthursday2011.eventbrite.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
The Sunset Rooftop Day Party at The Pavilion. Presented by Culture 19 Entertainment. $10 and up. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. The Pavilion, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.culture19.com/ciaa/index.html.
CIAA Day Party with DJ SNS at The Breakfast Club. Presented by Eddleton Events, J & J Entertainment Group, DJ Biggs, with music by Bad Boy Entertainment’s DJ SNS. $10 and up. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Breakfast Club, 225 N. Caldwell St. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://ciaadaypartythebreakfastclub.eventbrite.com.
6th Annual “Deja vu” — The Kick Off Day Party at Blue Restaurant. Hosted by Digital Divas. Music by DJ Daddy D. $10.80. (All access pass to DD events, $54.) 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Blue Restaurant, corner of 5th and College streets. For more information, visit www.digitaldivasevents.com.
The 6th Annual VSU “Meet & Greet” Day Party at Phoenix (formerly The Forum). Presented by The Legends of Troy. $25 and up. 1 p.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St. To purchase tickets, visit www.ez-tixx.com.
Sister 2 Sister Magazine and The Sol Kitchen present The Show at Charlotte Convention Center. Hosted by Dougie Fresh, featuring DJs Biz Markie and Kid Capri. Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center. $39.05. 9 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. For more information, visit www.thesolkitchen.com.
The Premiere at The Westin. Presented by The A List and Velvet Entertainment. Featuring DJ Kool and celebrity friends. $30 and up. 9 p.m. The Westin, 601 S. College St. For more information, call 919-961-5372 or visit www.AlistNextEvent.com.
Speed Tournament Block Party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment. Two parties for one price, with three DJs. $30. 10 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame and Buffalo Wild Wings, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, call 704-615-8214 or visit www.sixfigureentertainment.com.
The Red Carpet Extravaganza at Luna Lounge. For an evening where you’ll be treated like a celebrity. Presented by Team Nice Productions & JLW Entertainment Group. $30. 10 p.m. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St. For more information, e-mail Kenya Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CI Ciroc Boys Celebrity Takeover at Whisky River. Hosted by BET’s Big Tigger, with music by DJ SNS. Limited $25 advance tickets. 9 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, call 718-838-8913 or 646-221-1942. To purchase tickets, visit www.ez-tixx.com.
C.I.A.A. – Class Innovation Artistry Ambience at Harvey B. Gantt Center. Presented by Heights Entertainment. Special appearance by Raheem DeVaughn. Music by DJ B Lord, with a live band Innertwyned. $25 and up. 9:30 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://ciaa2011.eventbrite.com.
Blu Reigns at Sunset Club. Presented by BLU Energy Drink and Sun Drop. Bam Bam from MTV’s Rob & Big show and his celebrity friends will be in attendance. Music by DJ Live. $18 and up. 9 p.m. Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd. For more information, visit www.geturtix.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
CIAA Weekend Day Party at Cosmos Café. Brought to you by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. $35 ticket price gets you into all three Brothers 4 Life Ent. events at Cosmos. 300 N. College St. For more information, visit www.b4life-ent.com.
The Day Affair Vol. 5 at Whisky River. Presented by Best Friendz. Music by DJ SNS. $25 and up. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://thedayaffair2011.eventbrite.com.
Pindemonium 2 at Strike City. Presented by Blue Goose Entertainment. Music by DJ Lil D. $15 and up. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Strike City, 210 E. Trade St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://pardigras.eventbrite.com.
Saturday Suite Life at Suite. Presented by Blue Good Entertainment and Dynasty 5. Special guest DJ 9th Wonder. $15 and up. 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Suite, 210 E. Trade St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://pardigras.eventbrite.com.
Good Times — The Tournament Week Grand Finale at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment and hosted by BernNadette Stanis aka Thelma from Good Times, and celebrity friends, this event offers four levels of partying. Limited $20 advance tickets (and up). 9 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. For more information, call 704-615-8214 or visit www.sixfigureentertainment.com.
Sophisticated Saturdays CI Edition w/ MY 92.7 at Tempo. Hosted by Chubb Rock. Live broadcast with My92.7′s Fly Ty and DJ Hukher, with music on the patio by DJ Flemingo Weekend pass for all parties at Tempo are $80. 12 p.m. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. For more information call 704-391-8909 or visit www.tempocharlotte.com.
The Official Kid Capri Celebrity Grand Finale at Strike City. Live DJ performance by Kid Capri, with special guest DJ Technician. Hosted by OBIE the promoter and the voice of the Bobcats, Big Pat. $25. 9 p.m. Strike City, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, email@example.com or call/text 646-221-1942. To purchase tickets, visit www.ez-tixx.com.
2nd Annual Party With The Pros at Grand Central. Presented by Elite 5 Entertainment. Hosted by Slick Rick. Music will be orchestrated by Power 98′s Yasmin. $30 and up. 9:30 p.m. Grand Central Events, 1000 Central Ave. Tickets can be purchased at www.elitefive.eventbrite.com or by calling 704-777-3368.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
Panache: 5th Annual Farewell Brunch at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Presented by Digital Divas. A la carte menu with a pep jazz band. $5.40. (All access pass to DD events, $54.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 222 S. Tryon St. For more information, visit www.digitaldivasevents.com.
For a comprehensive list of this year’s CIAA parties, visit www.clclt.com.