For CIAA Week, many attendees will arrive to watch the basketball game, while others are attracted to the entertainment, such as comedian Mike Epps, rappers 2 Chainz and Young M.A.
On Friday, hip-hop star and Grammy winner 2 Chainz will make an appearance at The V Charlotte night club at 505 W 5th St. The doors open at 10 p.m. and admission starts at $40. Rapper 2 Chainz, a Georgia native, will perform hit songs, from “Watchout” to “Good Drank.”
Many fans are thrilled about the musician’s arrival to the city.
“I’ve been a big fan of 2 Chainz,” said N.C. A& T student Kevin Gamez. “And I’m excited to see him for the first time ever.”
One of the top acts Saturday will be comedian/actor Mike Epps, best known for the hit movies “Next Friday” and “The Hangover,” who will appear 7 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. After a successful run last year, Epps will be joined by funny men Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock, the brother of comedian Chris Rock. Ticket prices range from $65 to $103 for VIP passes.
“Mike is a big inspiration for me. Being a black comedian sometimes puts you inside a box, but Mike breaks that box in each show,” said Linda Finn, a comedian at The Idiot Box in downtown Greensboro.
Later Saturday, Young M.A will perform at Whisky River, located in the Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $2,000 for VIP and bottle service tables. The breakout star and Brooklyn native is best known for her 2016 hit single “Oouuu.”
April Salvador is a fan of the artist and is glad there is an openly LGBQT woman headlining the grand finale in the CIAA Tournament.
“It’s not every day you are in such a position to be the first openly gay woman to headline such an event,” Salvador said.