Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Washington Post published an article yesterday about the day party phenomenon that's hitting the D.C. area ("Daytime parties are bringing District nightlife into the light"). The article chronicles the scene at a recent day party held at Zanzibar on the Waterfront, put on by ForWard Vision Group. ForWard's promoters throw these day parties, which they call Dā`Pär-Tē, once a month and they "draw mostly young, African-American professionals in their late 20s to early 40s."

The article does a good job of painting the scene and showing the following built by ForWard Vision Group, which is made up of three friends from Hampton, Virginia who moved to Washington, D.C. and are now in their mid-30s. The guys admit that they got the idea of doing day parties from attending CIAA basketball tournaments. But the article stopped short of crediting Charlotte, which is where the CIAA Tournament has been held the last five years. While Charlotte didn't invent the day party, we perfected it.

ForWard Vision Group actually held two day parties here during CIAA Week--at The Breakfast Club on that Friday and at Crave Dessert Bar on Saturday. They were one of several promoters and event planners flooding us with emails the weeks leading up to the tournament in February.

Some of Charlotte's most popular party promoters have continued to throw day parties outside of CIAA Week, continuing to draw large crowds. Both MAZ Entertainment and The Sol Kitchen held day parties last month at Fiji/Kashmir and Forum, respectively. The Sol Kitchen is actually having another one at Forum this Saturday, 4-8:30 p.m.


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