Chante Moore, Will Downing and Alex Bugnon (at keyboard) perform at Ovens Auditorium.

How far would you go to find the love you’re looking for?

This past weekend, I checked out the romantic comedy “Bounce Back” starring Shemar Moore and Bill Bellamy. Moore plays a relationship guru and a best-selling author who unexpectedly stumbles upon love. Definitely a refreshing romantic movie. I give it two thumbs up.

And who doesn’t enjoy great entertainment free of charge?  The Hickory Grove public library branch featured jazz singer Nicci Canada and refreshments for a pre-holiday treat. What a spectacular event. I hate it for you if you missed out.

“Soulful sounds at Christmas” featured R&B singer Will Downing, jazz pianist Alex Bugnon and vocalist Chante Moore. This event almost slipped off my radar. I wasn’t looking forward to hearing Christmas music, let alone attending a Christmas concert. Thank goodness this was one of the many times I didn’t listen to my intuition. Not a single Christmas song was performed.

To my delight, Will Downing performed many of his hits such as “I Tried,” “Don’t You Talk To Me Like That” and “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.”  Jazz lovers in the house finger-snapped and nodded their heads to legendary pianist Alex Bugnon’s “107 Degrees in the Shade” and Chante Moore performed her hit song “Chante’s Got a Man” and delightfully swooned the male audience (all in fun of course). Oh yes, Ms. Moore can still hit that high-pitched range like the late Minnie Riperton.

Check out my weekend picks.


“The Gift (The Christmas Musical)” ~ What happens when a Bishop gets mugged en route to a Christmas revival? Church folks ignore his pleas for help while homeless folks show him kindness and compassion. Tickets are $15-$30. Location: Reconciling the World Ministries (7801 Plott Road). Time: 8 p.m. More info: or contact Vickie Evans (704) 312-0575.


Jingle Bell Jam ~ It’s time to put on your holiday best and celebrate with great music and friends at the 10th Annual Jingle Bell Jam. Enjoy music from the Matt Kelly Band with a mix of R&B and soul hits past and present, followed by DJ 06. This grown-folks event is dress to impress, no casual wear. Tickets are $40 online. Time: 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Location: Embassy Suites, 5400 John Q Hammons Drive, Concord. More info.


Holiday Celebration ~ Part of the Solution, a community-based organization, has organized this event to educate and unify the community during the holiday season. Enjoy giveaways, professional holiday photo booth, activities for kids and parents, and much more. Location: Beatties Ford Road Library Branch (2412 Beatties Ford Road). This event is free and open to the public. Time: 1 pm-4 pm. 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...