What’s Happening, Charlotte: 11 Things to Do this Weekend

Labor Day Weekend has plenty in store for jazz lovers.

What’s happening, Charlotte? Labor Day is almost here, and most of us are looking forward to a three-day weekend.

If you like jazz, you’re in luck. Harvey Cummings, Shableek, Willie Walker & Conversation Piece are all performing live this weekend. Plus, the Ziad Jazz Quartet is paying tribute to legendary jazz bassists at this month’s edition of Jazz at the Bechtler. If you are looking for something to do Thursday night, check out John Witherspoon performing live at the Comedy Zone.

Here’s a look at what else is happening around the Qcity:

ART + CULTURE

United in Jazz
Friday @ First United Presbyterian Church
United in Jazz is back. Enjoy an evening of dining, meeting friends old and new, and grooving to the soulful, heart-pumping sounds of musical great Harvey Cummings and his crew. (Details)

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Jazz at the Bechtler: Great Jazz Bassists
Friday @ Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Though often overlooked, the bass line in jazz is one of the most important components of a smooth and engaging sound. Occupying a place between rhythm and melody, bass is the glue that makes the band stick together. Join the Ziad Jazz Quartet in paying tribute to legends from Ron Carter to Paul Chambers. (Details)

Art-Making Workshop: Celebrating Bearden Through Collage
Saturday @ Harvey B. Gantt Center
Celebrate artist Romare Bearden’s birthday with a collage-making workshop guided by local mixed-media artist Monique Luck. This workshop was designed for enthusiasts of all ages and levels. Supplies will be provided. (Details)

NIGHT LIFE + ENTERTAINMENT

John Witherspoon Live
Through Sunday @ The Comedy Zone
They say laughter is the best medicine. Get your dose for the week by catching John Witherspoon’s hilarious stand-up comedy routine. The comedian returns to the Qcity this weekend with multiple shows at The Comedy Zone. (Details)

Summer Sayonara
Sunday @ Suite
End summer on a high note with Nxlevel QC and Eddietainment at the Epicentre this Labor Day weekend. Music will be be provided by DJ Tramare (formally Hot Rod) and DJ DeRon Juan. (Details)

Sippin’ on Sundays
Sunday @ Firehouse Bar & Lounge
Join Moxie Society and DJ Loui Vee for the Labor Day edition of Sippin’ On Sundays. Enjoy music, food and hookah at one the Qcity’s newest hotspots. (Details)

Saturdays Uptown
Saturday @ Studio Movie Grill
Located in the Epicentre, SMG is not just a place for watching movies. On the weekends, it turns into nightclub with two levels of partying and multiple bars for mixing and mingling. (Details)

Labor Day Weekend Concert & Day Party
Saturday @ Morehead Tavern
Join the Jazz N Soul Music Family for the Labor Weekend Old School Concert & Day Party, the HBCU Greek Edition hosted by Chirl Girl. Enjoy a live performance by Willie Walker & Conversation Piece and mixed music by DJ Stacey Blackman. This month’s event is dedicated to celebrating HBCU and Greek heritage. All HBCU Alumni and Greeks are welcome and will receive a special gift. (Details)

Sundresses & Mimosa Sundays
Sunday @ Roc’s Jazz Bar
Love jazz? Rock with Shableek Richardson this weekend at Roc’s Jazz Bar.  Enjoy drink specials, appetizers and good vibes with host Olympia D. (Details)

COMMUNITY CALENDAR + FAMILY FUN

2017 Belk College Kickoff Game
Saturday @ Bank of America Stadium
The NC State Wolfpack will take on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2017 Belk College Kickoff Game in Charlotte. The two teams from bordering states will battle it out for bragging rights, and this nationally televised game will usher in the start of the college football season. (Details)

East Side Block Music Festival
Saturday @ Albemarle Road Recreation Center
Grab your lawn chairs and bring the family for an afternoon of celebrating the East Side with local talent, live entertainment, vendors, a kids’ zone, exhibitors and more. Admission is free. (Details)