Charlotte Fair 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves perform uptown at the Knight Theater. The show was beyond words — mesmerizing and a first class act.  Reeves (who is also a fascinating storyteller) exalted the crowd with her exquisite vocals.

I was displeased with the turnout from the Charlotte jazz community. Yes, I understand March Madness was on, King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were in town, and several other exciting events were happening, but when we fall short of supporting events that, without difficulty, fill venues in other cities, it leaves me wondering if Charlotte is fully prepared to host these more intimate events?

We have a multitude of events around the city this weekend, and I anticipate seeing many of you out enjoying yourselves. Check out my weekend picks.


Jazz with Tyris Washington ~ The Boone Group presents Tyris Washington‘s House That Rocks. Enjoy a great night of fun, food, and jazz for a mature crowd. Location: Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at 6700 Phillips Place Court. Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cost: Free.  More info


Charlotte Fair 2017
Charlotte Fair 2017

The Charlotte Fair ~ The sixth annual Charlotte Fair runs from March 31 – April 9.  Admission gains you access into the fair, shows, and attractions. This year’s line-up includes Krendl,  the “world renowned illusionist and magician” performing his magical comedy routine. Location: 5650 Sandusky Blvd, Route 29 Pavilion in Concord – across from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-12; kids 4 and under get in free. Time: Hours of operation vary; check the website.  More info


Angela Winbush
Angela Winbush

Angela Winbush ~ Enjoy an intimate night with Angela Winbush, R&B and soul singer-songwriter who rose to fame as part of the 1980s R&B duo René & Angela. Winbush has sold more than 10 million albums and singles worldwide, with hits such as “Your Smile,” “You Don’t Have to Cry,” “My First Love” and “Save Your Love (for #1).” Don’t miss her Sunday evening performance at the Neighborhood Theatre (511 East 36th St.)  Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. Cost: $25 – $45. 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...