Feb 23, 2024 - Things to Do

"Underground" electronic club Rebel to expand, close Central Avenue location

drock DJs at rebel club

DROCK performs at Rebel. Photo courtesy Aaron DiDonato

EDM nightclub Rebel will throw one last party Friday, February 23, before it packs up and moves to a bigger space.

The big picture: Interest in house, techno and all electronic genres is growing in Charlotte. Rebel is a leader in the scene, bringing underground vibes and notable DJs to their unassuming club on Central Avenue.

What to expect: Rebel's new and much-larger location will give Charlotte "access to bigger artists," owners Basam Cheema and Ryan Pearce posted on Instagram Thursday.

  • The duo hasn't announced an opening date, but tickets are now available for a March 16 show featuring Paco Osuna.
  • The ticket page lists 6432 East Independence Blvd. as the venue location. We reached out to Cheema and Pearce Friday morning for more details, but haven't heard back yet.

Flashback: Cheema and Pearce took over and revamped the former Serj nightclub on Central Avenue in early 2023. They made layout changes and upgraded the sound system to Void Acoustics, among other improvements.

  • Before Serj, the space was L4 Lounge, a favorite with Charlotte's LGBTQ+ community. Decade-old Yelp comments recall fire dancers, hookah, and of course electronic DJs, which have been a staple of the space in all its iterations.

My thought bubble: L4 was my closest bar when I moved to Charlotte, and after two ownership changes, the space has never lost that intimate and beautifully gritty community feel. Now the question is, what will replace Rebel?

If you go: The last show at Rebel's existing space on Central Avenue is Friday at 10pm til late. Techno DJ Danny Avila headlines with Cheema and Pearce opening B2B (meaning back-to-back).

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