What to do THIS WEEK in OTC! Home Grown art opening, Comedy Show, and MORE!

A quick check of the community event calendar and my heart jumps…I ask myself: Is January coming to a close? … this week..? Where did the month go and what have I been doing?
Time to get out of hibernation mode and experience events happening in and around Old Town Cornelius this week! Below is a round up of a few of my top picks and a complete listing of events, times, locations and descriptions can be found at: https://oldtowncornelius.com/events-2019/

Cornelius Art Center at Oak St Mill hosts the opening reception for Home Grown, a collection of works by local artists.

Homegrown Opening Reception
Cornelius Art Center
19725 Oak St Mill, Suite 1
Friday February 1, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Don’t miss the opening reception for Home Grown! The art featured in this annual show is all from local artists and each year grows to be a larger and more impressive sample than the year before! There are over 100 local artists participating. The works are on a variety of media on a variety of topics.
Come out to the opening, there is a good chance you will run into a neighbor that you never know had a hidden talent or passion for creativity! This show is truly a reflection of the budding arts district that is emerging in our town.
If you cannot make it to the opening reception, the show will be on display in our gallery through March 30. This exhibit is produced by the Town of Cornelius Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Department. Beautiful and affordable pieces for sale!

Stand Up Comedy Showcase
Brick Row
19725 Oak St, Suite 9
Friday February 1, 8:00pm-10:00pm

You don’t have to even leave the parking lot to find the next hot ticket event this Friday night! B. Love Entertainment and Queen City Comedy pair up to bring you the monthly comedy showcase each First Friday of the month in the heart of Old Town.
Brick Row, located right in the middle of the Oak St Mill is host to community festivals, events, both public and private, and will open its doors in the name of laughter this Friday and every first Friday of the month for as long as comedians keep writing new material. 

The showcase begins at 8:00 pm but you can show up as early as 7:30 pm to snag a good seat and grab a beverage.

Each month is a different cast of comics, and sometimes with a theme to keep everyone on their toes. This month, the featured players mostly practice the art of improv comedy and are trying their hand at stand up. Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Come see what its like when naturally funny people actually try to follow a self-written script to be funny!

This month will feature:

Cale Evans, H. Blake Edwards , Gabby Moore, Don Garrett, Brian Briscoe and Krista Meyers

Brian Briscoe is a comedic veteran of the Charlotte comedy scene since 2007 in both improv and Stand Up Comedy. Have performed with several Improv Troupes throughout the Greater Charlotte Area. His off the cuff approach to improv has only helped as he also continues to ply his talents in specialty shows such as Funny on the Fly.


Looking for a live music experience that takes things to the next level? OTC is known for its performance venues from Old Town Public House {OTPH} on Catawba Ave to Boatyard Eats on Statesville Rd. Both are located in historic buildings that add that unique character to the rockin’ vibe.

Here are a few of this week’s listings, but be sure to check the events calendar HERE for more:

Emanuel Wynter
Wednesday, January 30, 8:30 pm
Old Town Public House
21314 Catawba Ave

Emanuel Wynter is a violinist/singer/songwriter residing in North Carolina. Originally born in New York City, he spent over a decade in the exposure of many different styles of music. His musical influences range from jazz and the blues to rock and neo-soul. Since 2014, Emanuel has performed at countless venues in 9 states, both solo and as a part of a band, all the while exuding a distinct energy that entices and captivates his audiences. In addition to writing and releasing his own music, Emanuel is a member of Sticks and Stones and 9daytrip, two bands native to North Carolina. His sweet and soulful displays are a unique spectacle that you don’t want to miss!

Emanuel Wynter performing in 9 Day Trip

Goodfoot Down
Friday, February 1, 8:30 pm
Old Town Public House {OTPH}
21314 Catawba Ave

Goodfoot Down is a Hammond Organ band based out of Huntersville, NC. They blend funk, soul and “jazz” with a vintage sound that is fresh but familiar. The band formed in July 2013. Collectively this group brings decades of touring experience – sharing the stage with acts like Little Feat, String Cheese Incident, Galatic, MOE, Ratdog, Umphrey’s McGee, and many others.
You had me at Hammond Organ. You simply sill not hear a sound like Goodfoot Down, in OTC or anywhere! These guys truly rock!

No one jams like Goodfoot Down!

Bullfrog Moon
Saturday February 2, 7:00pm
Boatyard Eats
18418 Statesville Rd

With a name like Bullfrog Moon, you are sure to experience some nocturnal high energy!
Hailing from the Lake Norman, N.C., Bullfrog Moon is an innovative improvisation based rock band. Drawing from a broad range of influences such as Jam Rock, Jazz, Americana, Roots Rock, Bluegrass and Reggae, Bullfrog Moon delivers a richly textured sound melding Bass, Drums, Harmonica, Saxophone, Guitars and Vocals via tightly executed but free flowing jams.

I live here in Old Town Cornelius and absolutely love our area's unique character. My life's calling is to work to bring art and culture to the forefront of everyday life. I work full-time for Bella Love, Inc and taking care of my adorable son, Kipton.

By Jess Boye

I live here in Old Town Cornelius and absolutely love our area's unique character. My life's calling is to work to bring art and culture to the forefront of everyday life. I work full-time for Bella Love, Inc and taking care of my adorable son, Kipton.