Last weekend I saw comedian Deon Cole at the Comedy Zone. He definitely kept the audience in guffaw with his new material. With his good looks and charming personality, it’s quite obvious why Cole’s shows were completely sold out.

Another hot ticket was vocalist Maria Howell, who did her annual performance at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Howell’s sultry voice and exquisite beauty were nothing less than elegant as she charmed the audience with two sold out shows. This event has been going 6 years strong at the Bechtler, and Howell nails it every year.

President Obama and Hilary Clinton had the crowd “fired up and ready to go” Tuesday at the convention center rally, along with the Silver Fox Cheerleaders. Vocalist Gena Chambers sang the National Anthem, and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Ensemble performed “Strong Finish, Strong Faith.” While the temperature was extremely warm, we the people showed up and out for this historical moment.

Lastly Terence Young, known as one of the baddest guitar players in the Southeast, set the stage ablaze Wednesday night at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar. In case you didn’t get the memo, Wednesday is the new Friday at Sydney’s. If you enjoyed last night, you may want to RSVP early for saxophonist Shableek, the hot ticket next Wednesday at Sydney’s. Oh yes, did I mention admission is free, and validated parking? Sounds like a plan to me.

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


Food Truck Friday ~ Enjoy a variety of foods and yummy treats at this popular, weekly event. Food Truck Friday is located behind the Light Factory and across from Harris Teeter (Plaza Midwood) at 1827 Central Avenue from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost: free. Food prices vary. More info.


Jazz at the Vineyard ~ Jazz Diva Tammy Greene is taking us jazz lovers on a road trip. Yes, yes, we are headed to Shelton Vineyards (286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson NC) to hear Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh, who is celebrating 40 years in music. Opening performance is saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. Concerns about making the road trip? Jazz Diva has a bus trip for this event departing from Northlake Mall. So get on the bus and enjoy yourself! Wine tasting and wine tour every half hour. Concert at 6 p.m. More info.


Hair Battle ~ North Carolina vs South Carolina at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel (3315  Scott Futrell Drive). Go check out some of the latest and hottest hair styles. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $30. Meet & greet at 6 p.m. More info.

To see a larger listing of local events, visit the Qcitymetro events page at

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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...