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Queen City Nerve Celebrates Five Years With Best in the Nest Party

A party celebrating five years of Charlotte’s only alt-weekly newspaper and the best of everything the Queen City has to offer

Best in the Nest party graphic with event information

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3-8 p.m. | Norfolk Hall at The Suffolk Punch | $40-$100

Queen City Nerve is proud to have served the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County over the past five years. Created in December 2018 after the sudden closure of the co-founders’ previous employer, Queen City Nerve has striven to tell community stories that aren’t told by mainstream media sources. Enterprise news reporting and cultural coverage of the local arts and music scenes have solidified Nerve’s place in the Queen City as a journalistic reservoir of information readers can use to make informed decisions in their daily lives.

Each year, Queen City Nerve publishes the annual Best in the Nest issue, which celebrates hundreds of creatives, artists, musicians, businesses, politicians, journalists, ideas and more, recognizing our fellow residents for the great work they do in our city, day in and day out.

The title of Best in the Nest is derived from General Charlotte Cornwallis’ description of Charlotte as a “damned hornet’s nest” after 16 days of defeat battling area rebels in 1780. Charlotteans adopted the moniker in perpetuity, and so Nerve found it the best way to honor those who make this city one to be proud of.

An important part of Queen City Nerve’s mission is to ensure that those who come after us have a source to learn more about the ones who came before them — fought similar battles, made similar art, jammed on similar stages, and cooked on similar lines — but more importantly to spread love to the people who make this city a better place to live in while they’re here. 

In celebration of these individuals and businesses, as well as the five-year anniversary of the publication of Nerve’s first ever issue on Dec. 5, 2018, the alt-weekly is proud to announce the inaugural Best in the Nest Party. This five-hour event on Sunday, Dec. 3 will feature a lineup of local musical acts including Dane Page, a collaborative performance from Te’Jani & Tré Ahmad, Natalie Carr with a full backing band, and a headlining performance from Oceanic. Listen to the lineup on Spotify.

Partygoers can also expect to take in a unique dance performance by local contemporary dance company Baran Dance. Performers will participate in a battle between contemporary and urban dance styles during a 30-minute exhibition. The entire performance will be captured in a live painting by local artist, Bree Stallings, which will be available through a raffle during the event.

A local vendor market will also be located onsite for attendees to purchase local products from Charlotte’s favorite pop-up vendors.

VIP ticket holders will receive (1) VIP laminate pass, (2) drink tickets to redeem at our bar, access to a fully catered area by QC Catering, access to a VIP bar walk-up area, access to the VIP Lounge area/local art gallery, (1) free event T-shirt, (1) free event tote bag.

General Admission ticket holders will receive (2) drink tickets to redeem at our bar, (1) food ticket to redeem with our food vendors, access to all live music and performances throughout the event.

2023 Best in the Nest Party is sponsored by: Tommy’s Pub, Beetlejuice presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts, Mint Museum, Foundation For The Carolinas

Event Details & Tickets: bestinthenest2023.eventbrite.com

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3; 3-8 p.m.
WHERE: Norfolk Hall at The Suffolk punch
HOW MUCH: $40-$100

Best in the Nest Party flier with event information


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