1. A #BeONE event is coming to Brick Row
The #BeONE Music Experience celebrates black music and culture throughout the Charlotte area, with five venues involved. Brick Row, part of the Oak Street Mill in Cornelius, will host one for the first time from 8-10 p.m. Friday, June 21. There will be live music from instrumentalist Kasseem Williams, three Charlotte-based comedy acts, massages and raffle tickets included in the $15 admission price. A paint-and-sip for two can be added for an additional $25. “Friday is a good time for rest and relaxation after a long work week,” event organizer Michael Calloway said.
2. Black Music Month started nationally in 1979
In 1979, music business insiders Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and Dyana Williams implemented a month-long celebration of the impact of black music. The three pioneered Black Music Month and helped create a continuous movement of empowerment and appreciation. That June, the group convinced President Jimmy Carter to host a reception to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music throughout history.
3. The event promotes several causes
The basis of #BeONE, Calloway explained, is to be one with music, be one with self and to be one Charlotte. The comedians, Bo Alambis, Christian Johnson and Cam Rivers, are Charlotte-based, and Calloway wants “to give them more of a light than they usually receive.” Calloway’s organization was founded through the Queen City Urban Art Showcase. Brick Row is at 19725 Oak St. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.