On Memorial Day weekend, it's easy to confine your nightlife plans to late-night grilling sessions.
That's perfectly fine -- just don't be That Guest at your friend's house party.
No complaining about a lack of vegan/organic/vegetarian options. No attempts to make an accessory out of a fruit bowl. No explaining why you didn't contribute any food or beer. No drunk performances of "Call Me Maybe."
On second thought, maybe you should hit the town.
Here are some of this weekend's nightlife highlights. Get more ideas from the music list that accompanies this column.
Free concert downtown
Kick off your weekend with Friday's free outdoor concert in downtown Columbus. The family-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. Peggy Jenkins and the Bizness will perform. I recommend brushing up on your Electric Slide knowledge before the show.
This week's Friday concert is extra special because it marks the return of Scott Ressmeyer's Ride for Miracles. Ressmeyer and his band of brothers embarked on the cross-country motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network.
Concert for a Cure
The Phenix City Amphitheater on Saturday hosts a Relay for Life Benefit Concert featuring Southern Ashe, Smith & Stephens and more. Cost is $10, free for guests 12 and younger. Action starts at 7 p.m. and the concert's proceeds go toward finding a cure for cancer. Concessions will be sold, including beer and wine.
Retro party at Mix
Ladies, it's time to resurrect your shoulder pads.
Mix Ultra Lounge, 1107 Broadway, will host an Old School Party on Friday night. The party at the downtown Columbus hot spot pays homage to the '70s, '80s and early '90s.
In addition to shoulder pads, you might want to bust out your crimping iron and favorite neon getup. There will be prizes for the guests who flaunt the best '70s and '80s costumes. You can also expect retro videos at the party.
Cover charge is $10. The Old School Party is 8-11 p.m. A Top 40 dance party starts at 11 p.m. Call 706-221-2112 for information about VIP tables.
Parties at Illusions
If you haven't been to Illusions lately, this might be a good weekend to check out the Columbus nightclub. Illusions on Saturday hosts a Memorial Day Bash featuring former Auburn Tiger Vot Barber. Women get in free until 11 p.m.; otherwise cover is $10. Doors open at 9 p.m. The club is at 6499 Veterans Parkway.
Tonight, the hot spot hosts hip-hop artist Stuey Rock as well as Mikka Montana. Cover is $20 and doors open at 9 p.m. Don't forget: Illusions also has women's boxing on Mondays.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.