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Music: Could you be the next big star?

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6

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"She's a Big Star at Banana Joe's Bar where she sings karaoke every night" ... Those aren't just lyrics to Kenny Chesney's song "Big Star" anymore -- 96.9 The Kat is looking for the next big star at Whisky River on Aug. 6, to open up for big, big star Kenny Chesney when his Poets and Pirates tour sails through Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Aug. 21. You can vote on the top ten finalists, American Idol style, on The Kat's Web site: wkktfm.com. The four you narrow it down to will have a sing-off at Whisky River that I, along with an actual big star, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will judge. But this isn't just some karaoke contest; it's more like a concert of up-and-coming country artists (but, you don't know who's performing yet). You all have to decide that. The fate of the Kenny Chesney concert is in your hands. No cover. 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Whisky River (in the EpiCentre), 210 East Trade St., Ste. A-208. 704-749-1097 www.whiskyrivercharlotte.com.

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