Two cowbells, a whistle and bowling balls

Readers often ask me where to go to hear live jazz. On Saturday, the spot was Strike City in the EpiCentre. Trombonist Buff Dillard set the mood for an evening of bowling and jazz at Jazz Alley presented by Carolina Jazz Friends. The vibe was laid back in the private room. A few groups of four bowled while pockets of men shot pool. Others sat by the bar listening to Dillard and the band.

After leaving Strike City, I tried to check out the new reggae lounge at Vanity, but they were camera shy. It was too early to end my evening, so I headed over to Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret for Release! Classic & Soulful House. The party didn’t disappoint. 

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