Last weekend trombonist Buff Dillard closed out the last free summer series concert at Stonecrest. The weather was perfect for an evening of jazz, wine and delicious food. If you enjoy jazz and R&B, check out Buff around town. He’s Charlotte’s favorite trombonist.

Festival in the Park brought large crowds to Freedom Park. I’m a huge lover of art and crafts. Shout out to Lillian and Eric for keeping me entertained at their caricature both.

Kenya Crooks! If you’re not familiar with the name you better ask someone. Kenya helped Mama June of the Honey Boo Boo reality show to shed 80 pounds. Kenya, a fitness guru, was in town last weekend for a free workout event for the Charlotte ladies at the Airport Holiday Inn. Not only is Kenya easy on the eyes, he’s also one of the best workout motivators around. I hate it for you if you missed out.

Check out my weekend picks.


Quest ~ Presented by the Charlotte Film Society, “Quest” follows an African-American family —  Christopher “Quest” 6Rainey and his wife Christine’a “Ma Quest” Rainey — in North Philadelphia. The documentary covers a pivotal period in American history — when Barack Obama first ran for president until the election of Donald Trump, capturing in the process race and class in America. Ayrsley Grand Cimenas 14 (9110 Kings Parade Blvd) | 7:15 p.m.  | More info


Jimmy & Darlene in Concert ~ Join this singing duet for the very best of Motown from the 60s and 70s at Mickey and Mooch. Order dinner, drinks and enjoy the show. You can dance in your seat or on the floor. 8128 Providence Rd. (Arboretum) | 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. | More info


Carolina Renaissance Festival~ Enjoy opening weekend as this annual event returns to Huntersville. The festival offers entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters recreate a 16th-century European marketplace. Vendors, food and fun for the whole family. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd. | 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | More info

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...