A. The party doesn't start till 5 P.M. Way to leave out that little detail. They're just setting it up/promoting it. Why would people show up 5 hours early? There's a reason Charlotte is the 2nd biggest banking city in the country. People actually have something called "jobs" here. But as a professional "blogger," you might have to google that term.
B. "One of the few times that downtown Charlotte is actually crowded?" Firstly, it's called "Uptown" here. Secondly, you lost your last shred of credibility there. That's the Epicenter. Personally, I loathe that area. However, at night it is ALWAYS jam packed. On the weekend there are lines out the doors of the douche canoe bars/clubs.