A Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Charlotte Knights develop budding professional ballplayers and earn devout Knights fans in their home—the 10,002-seat Knights Stadium. The Knights have a storied history and an impressive list of orb-striking alumni, including Cal Ripken Jr., Manny Ramirez, and Jon Garland. Visitors take home free giveaways during Friday-night promotions, and mascot Homer the Dragon roams the stadium on his four-wheeler, tossing T-shirts, bopping people with his tail, and advocating for anthropomorphized-dragon civil liberties.
At 9 Promenade, chef Thiago Cunha arrays sizable tapas dishes for communal dining alongside more than 20 specialty martinis. Nestled into pastry dough cradles, baked brie snuggles under blankets of balsamic and raspberry glaze, lulled into a false sense of security as grapes and walnuts hum rounds of soothing lullabies. Diners sink cuspids into a stuffed mushroom's made-to-order crab-cake core, or slather nine chicken wings in jalapeno cilantro, hot buffalo, or barbecue sauce. Hardworking jaws relax with sips of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake martini—a concoction of Stoli Vanil vodka, pineapple, and grenadine. For a serving of liquid dessert decadence, the Red Velvet martini blends Finlandia Redberry Vodka, Eristoff Sloe Berry vodka, cranberry juice, and Bailey's Irish Cream, resulting in sophisticated fruity tones best enjoyed while sprawled across the top of a baby grand in a silk robe.
The 7th Annual Charleston Cinco De Mayo Festival turns the Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed Terminal into an energetic spectacle of Mexican culture that brings people together with food, dancing, and live music. Revelers sip salt-rimmed margaritas and bite into authentic cuisine from vendors such as Pollo Tropical, Vallarta Grill, and El Dorado as the brassy strains of live salsa music leap from Orquesta Mayor's 15-piece band. DJ Luigi, DJ Leo, DJ E1, and DJ Antrax mix up jams throughout the night as a trio of dance troupes exhibit their skilled undulations.
During Shake, Rattle, & Roll!, professional Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce accurately depicts The King during his prime by belting out hits from the 1950s and 1960s in classic Presley attire. Known for his cameo in Faith Hill's "Let's Go to Vegas" music video, Bruce impresses audiences with an uncanny resemblance to Presley that encompasses the same pompadour, shared facial characteristics, and the ability to power a propeller-less helicopter by swiveling his hips. A four-piece band equipped with vintage instruments joins Bruce in successfully recreating Elvis's journey from his humble beginnings at Sun Records.