With the recent news that the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against a number of party promoters, venues and merchandisers, the word "official" has never carried more weight. In the eight consecutive years that the CIAA has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte, however, it's all the "unofficial" events that draw the masses. Tens of thousands of people — many of them alumni of the 12 historically black universities representing at the games held at Time Warner Cable Arena — will be in town this week for a good time.
This year for Creative Loafing's annual guide to CIAA, we look at the people who begin planning months in advance to make these parties happen. While venues may change hands or close altogether, a party promoter's brand is steadfast. We asked our readers to nominate the promoters they trust most to deliver a great experience. We weren't surprised by the top choices — Anthony McPherson of Maz Entertainment, Tiffany Jones of Digital Divas and Michael "Kitch" Kitchen of The Sol Kitchen. We've partied at their events, too.
Read on to find out what these popular promoters have in store for you this year.
The Ultimate Party List
Click the link below to visit our extensive list of parties happening Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 2.
The Ultimate Non-Party List
For those interested in experiencing a little culture during tournament week, peruse our listings of arts events, fashion shows, concerts and other entertainment.