You already know: When it comes to CIAA week, there’s so much to do and so little time. Let Qcitymetro help make sense of the madness. Check out our picks for the best places to party today (Friday, March 2) — during the day and the night:


Digital Divas Presents 7th Annual Déjà Vu — The Kick Off Day Party: Featuring music by DJ Daddy D. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Blue Restaurant, 206 N. College St. 201-304-2933.

Chuck Brown appears live in concert Friday, March 2 at Amos’ Southend.

The Friday Uptown Day Party at 5th Element: Hosted by Dana Dane, Kurtis Blow, and RiDICKulous. $15. 11 a.m.-5 a.m. 5th Element, 500 W. 5th St. To purchase tickets, visit!ciaa.

JetSet II “The Day Party” at Mez: Presented by The Sol Kitchen. Music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Food is available and partying will be had in two of the movie theaters. Advance tickets are $20. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Mez, 210 E. Trade St. For more information,

Backyard Band Day Party at Dixie’s Tavern: Presented by Southside Entertainment Group, So Phocused, Best Friendz, and Meat Lynn Ent. With DJ Killa Touch and a live performance by Backyard Band. $20 and up. Walk-ins before 1 p.m. (guys) or 2 p.m. (ladies) are free. 12 p.m. Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. To purchase tickets,

The Diabolical “Weekend Warrior” DJ Biz Markie: Pearl Vision, The Essences of Purple & Gold, YTILT and Privilege presents: The Diabolical “Weekend Warrior” DJ Biz Markie and Power98’s DJ Tab D’bia$$I “da million dolla DJ” Privilege Charlotte Day Club/Night Club 229 Brevard St. (Corner of 3rd Brevard 2 Blocks from Time Warner Arena). Doors open at noon. For $15 Skip Line tickets and VIP table purchase (that includes: admission for 4 with bottle service Ciroc or Crown), click advance purchase link for tickets at For parties larger than 4 or special VIP requests, call 704-890-7436 or logon to or email:


An Evening with Hip Hop Icon Nas at Phoenix: Presented by The Sol Kitchen. With DJ Mars, DJ Skillz, and DJ DR. $40 and up. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College Street. To purchase tickets, visit

Maxwell: One Night Stand at Oasis Tent: Music by DJ PNut and DJ J-1. $30 and up. 9 p.m. Oasis Tent, 514 N. College St. For more information, visit

En Vogue and Carl Thomas: Presented by Grande Finale Entertainment. Hosted by Fly Ty & Chirl Girl. Doors open at 7 p.m. 7:45 p.m. After party from 11:15 p.m.-2 a.m. Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place. For advance tickets, contact or 1-877-993-8499. For more information, visit

Good Times Live: Presented by Kenny J and Chris. With Anthony David and Suttle Thoughts. Music by DJ PNut. 30 and up. $20 and up. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, 210 E. Trade St. To purchase tickets, visit

Slamfest: Presented by RITE Partners, Doc Roc Entertainment and Power 98. Hosted by Juelz Santana and Buckwild. Music Directors: DJ Enuff , DJ Smitty and DJ UBaby. 21+ party crowd, exclusive premium VIP bar, lavish ultra lounge with gourmet food, midnight breakfast and sponsor gift bags “Early Bird” advance tickets available for $60. VIP packages start at $125. NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St. Details: Doors are open from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Dress Code is “socially chic.” Tickets available online at: or call 1-877-993-8499. For more information, table reservation, group rates and executive concierge service, call 980-213-5261, email or visit

SolKitchen, Blue Goose, RoundTable, True School Corp. present True School — “The Party”: Music by Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder and DJ Cuzzin B. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Howl At The Moon 210 E. Trade St. (3rd Floor of Epicentre). For advance tickets:

Enchanted, hosted by R. Kelly: The R&B icon returns to Charlotte. Tickets start at $50 (in advance) and go up from there. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The Urban Garden (next door to the Ritz-Carlton), 150 North College St.

The 2nd Annual “I Luv the 90s Party” with Doug E. Fresh: The hip-hop legend hosts this yearly affair. $20-$40 (advance). VIP with table reservations available. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St.

Chuck Brown live in concert: The godfather of go-go music returns for what’s becoming an annual tradition. $35 (in advance). 9 p.m. Amos Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. Advanced tickets:

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