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SATURDAY, JULY 28 ­-- It's about time for a Charlotte music showcase to make big! Bring the family and take a listen when the Charlotte Music Awards presents an Americana Showcase featuring some of the Carolina's finest exemplars of music, including the Bill Noonan Band, Low Willie and South 85. Consider this night of mellifluous sounds a must-see summer event. 8 p.m. $10. Puckett's Farm Equipment, 2740 W. Sugar Creek Road. 704-975-8874.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 -- Family Fun Day makes a fierce comeback! The Afro-American Cultural Center will greet the families of our surrounding community with youth arts and crafts, story-telling, films, puppet shows, dancing and scores more. Enjoy giveaways, raffled prizes, the special appearance of many community service organizations, ethnic art and the tasty delights of featured food vendors. 12-6 p.m. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 -- So, Beyoncé back in her Destiny Child's-day was cool, but Beyoncé since B-Day dropped is boiling hot. Songs like, "Irreplaceable," "Beautiful Liar" and the recent "Get Me Bodied" have made her a cultural phenomenon and an R&B icon. She's topped charts, sold out shows and now she's serenading the Charlotte area with guest Robin Thicke -- a little something extra for the ladies. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-522-6500.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 ­-- Waiting on your world to change? Trust me, seeing John Mayer sing the crowds to their knees will definitely do it. His work in the industry has often crossed paths with musical heavyweights like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Common. He's a man much larger than his stage, and lucky for you his appearance in the Queen City is bound to be a hit. This man climbs charts faster than fans buy tickets, so act soon. With special guest Ben Folds. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-5555.

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