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Weekend In Entertainment: Jo Koy, Erykah Badu, Mad Hatter Brinner & More!

Jo Koy
Comedian Jo Koy

There are lots of performances in this weekend's lineup including comedian Jo Koy, Erykah Badu and the Carolina Music Festival. Joining "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk about these and other arts and culture events is Shawn Allison, events editor for Pride magazine.

Gwendolyn Glenn: Hi Shawn. 

Shawn Allison: Hey Gwen. How are you?

Glenn: I'm great. So on Saturday comedian Jo Koy will be in town. Where might listeners know him from?

Allison: Yes. Jo Koy will be here Saturday at Ovens Auditorium. He's a standup comedian who's been at it for a long time. He gained popularity on the Chelsea Lately show the Adam Carolla Show where he gives a very unique take on current events around the world so I’d expect a lot of that brand of comedy and humor when he performs here.

Glenn: Great. Also onstage this weekend is the magnificent Erykah Badu. Erykah Badu is performing Friday night at Bojangles Coliseum with a few surprises in store I'm told. 

Allison: Yes. Erykah Badu, she's a legendary neo-soul artist who's been around since the mid late 90s and still going strong. Folks may know her from her classics like “Next Lifetime,” “Tyrone,” “Bag Lady” and the aptly titled “Window Seat.” That’s my jam. Expect a great show with special guest rap quartet Goodie Mob with tons of nostalgic songs that just takes you back to where you were when you first heard Tyrone or the first time you heard one of her many collabs with Common like the song “Love of My Life” and I can go on and on and on.

Erykah Badu
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Erykah Badu

Glenn: Also in the weekend lineup is the Breakaway Carolina Music Festival featuring various artists like headliners Future, Lil Baby, Fisher and many more. Sounds major Shawn.

Allison: Yes, the Carolina Music Festival will be at AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds on October 4 and 5 featuring hip hop acts, rock, international DJs. So if you really like music or music festivals you might want to check this joint out. 

Glenn: And on Saturday there's the 6th annual A Tribe Called Quest/Native Tongues edition celebrating the musical and social contributions of one of hip hop's greatest groups and crew. 

Allison: Yes, it will feature the music of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Chi Ali, Black Sheep and they’re collectively known as the Native Tongues Posse and expect the Jetta team who is soul brother DJ Justice and chief rocker AKing Allah along with special guest DJ D.K. giving you all sorts of musical flavor all night long.

Glenn: It'll be at Petra's on Saturday, October 5. Admission is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. Okay, I'm sure hip hop music lovers will pack the house. And there is Team Black Girl Fly, a week-long celebration of black womanhood which culminates on Sunday with the Seat At The Table Awards. What is that and how did it come about?

Allison: Like you said organizers for Team Black Girl Fly are launching a week-long celebration of women. There will be serious events like a mental health roundtable and there will also be fun events all throughout the week such as a marketplace for women to showcase their products, a pajama jam party, you name it.

Glenn: And it’s where?

Allison: It'll all be at Camp North End.

Glenn: And there is also an event on the art and culture scene right?

Allison: Yes, correct. The Arts and Science Council will host its 5th annual Cultural Feast. You can expect an evening filled with delicious food, unique arts and cultural experience. It's uptown on S. Tryon at the Levine Center of the Arts and that's on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Glenn: And one last event the Mad Hatter Brinner. Tell us about that.

Allison: Yes, everyone bring your appetite and good attitude down to 7th Street Public Market. This will be a five-course dinner along with three cocktail pairings and a serving of specially crafted Mad Tea. It'll be on Sunday, October 6 at 6:01 p.m.

Glenn: 6:01 it is. A full weekend ahead of us. Thanks, Shawn. 

Allison: Thank you. 

Glenn: That's Shawn Allison, events editor for Pride magazine.