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Wednesday, Feb. 24

2010 Ford Fan Experience at Charlotte Convention Center. Catch a performance by R&B vocalist Joe -- that and a high school drumline exhibition, TouchOne Productions' "Slam Poetry" and more. Free. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. www.ciaatournament.org.

Soul Stage featuring Yahzarah aka Ms. Purple St. James at Allure. Dope soul sounds from N.C.'s own Yazarah, whom you may know from the Foreign Exchange, among other musical ventures. $10. 9 p.m. Allure, 1508 S. Mint St. www.allurerestaurant.com.

Chrisette Michele at The Fillmore. $23.50 and up. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Soulful Rhythms and Comedy at Belk Theater, featuring Maze and Frankie Beverly and Nephew Tommie. In case you didn't make last summer's Essence Fest, here's your chance to see "Before I Let Go" performed live. $50-$100. 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. To purchase tickets, visit www.carolinatix.org.

Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh at Amos' Southend. These two hip-hop legends will be all over the city this week, but tonight they're together on one stage. $30 advance tickets. Doors open at 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon. St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Friday, Feb. 26

2010 Ford Fan Experience at Charlotte Convention Center. Singers Laura Izibor and Ginuwine will be in the spotlight along with some other cool happenings. Free. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. www.ciaatournament.org.

Charlotte Blues Festival at Ovens Auditorium. Scheduled performers include Roy C., Shirley Brown, Bobby Bland, Marvin Sease, Theodis Ealey and Calvin Richardson. $41.50-$48.50. 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-335-3100. www.ovensauditorium.com.

Chuck Brown aka "King of Go-Go" live at Alley Cat. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. Checking out Chuck is a CIAA tradition. Don't miss out on some classic Go-Go. $40. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. For tickets visit www.thesolkitchen.com or www.etix.com. Alley Cat, 314 N. College St. 704-375-2779.

Elephant Man at Neighborhood Theatre. $29 in advance. Doors open at 10 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Saturday, Feb. 27

McDonald's Super Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena. A performance by Bow Wow, plus CIAA cheerleading exhibition, Food Lion Miss CIAA pageant, Battle of the Bands high school edition and more. Free. 9 a.m. Time Warner Cable Arena. 333 E. Trade St. www.ciaatournament.org.

2010 CIAA Championship Concert at Time Warner Cable Arena. Featuring En Vogue in concert. Free with CIAA tournament ticket book. 5 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena. 333 E. Trade St. www.ciaatournament.org.

CI Neo-Soul Tour at Knight Theater. Hosted by V101.9's Preston Miles of "The Love Zone," the CI Neo-Soul Tour will feature Shableek & UnCommon Jazz. Natalie Stewart of Floetry w/Tarik Cranke & the VKC, and Grammy-nominated Eric Roberson. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. For tickets visit www.carolinatix.org or call 704-372-1000.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Neighborhood Theatre. Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band opens. $35 in advance. 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

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