Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

Last week I was overly excited to attend the Festival of Praise Tour, with featured artist Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell and Hezekiah Walker at Ovens Auditorium. My ticket was $85, parking was $10, and a beverage cost $10. Certainly a pricey evening on the town, but I knew it would be worth every penny…or so I thought.

To my dismay, the speakers were intensely too loud and the band seemed to overshadow the singing. I moved toward the back of the theater, but the vibration was too much. I could hear that little voice in my head saying, “leave now or your hearing will suffer later.”

I left less than an hour into the concert, disappointed and annoyed. I sure hope no one else has this experience, and I hope the sound-check folks got the memo. No longer complaining, just explaining.

Now for my weekend picks. I hope to see you on the town.


Bowling with the Journalists ~ Join the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) for an evening of fun. This annual fundraiser provides college scholarships. All are invited to AMF University Lanes (5900 N. Tryon St.) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost, which includes bowling shoes, is $15 for paid CAABJ members; $20 for non-members. More info:


Phillip Whack ~The South End Jazz Series welcomes saxophonist Phillip Whack at the Trolley Museum (1507 Camden Rd.) Organizer Narcel Reedus brings local and International jazz musicians to the museum once a month. Phillip is an internationally recognized musician who has played with Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin and many more. Show time: 8pm. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. More info:


Charlotte Warehouse Sale Event ~ Shop until you drop! More than 7,500 pieces of new, brand name women’s apparel and shoes. This is overstock merchandise from some of the nation’s leading department stores. No entrance fee. Charlotte Warehouse Sale (8505 Davis Lake Parkway) More info:

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...