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The Americana

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Do you love all things North Carolina, including wine, honey, pottery and music? So do Rich Walker, Carl White and the rest of the folks at The Americana, a new dining and entertainment venue that will open Oct. 4. For food, Chef Curtis Wriggle promises American comfort food with a little twist, including Grandpa's Smokehouse Meatloaf, which is smoked in-house. You can't miss the entertainment -- local and regional acts from bluegrass to country-western music -- especially with monitors everywhere, including the bathrooms. And if you've ever wanted to be a part of a live studio audience, The Americana, with its full production and recording facilities, will film two regular TV shows each week.

Location: 391 Towne Center Blvd., Pineville (behind Talbot's on Highway 51)

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Contact: 704-517-6508; www.theamericana.net

**More information on The Americana's Grand Opening

Starting at 10 a.m. with official ribbon cutting at 11:15.

Scheduled events are:

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Meet and greet outside on the patio; Mike Strauss, Charlotte's premier singer/songwriter, guitar and vocals.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Grammy-nominated Kevin Clark is a New Orleans trumpeter, now residing in Charlotte, and the music director of The Americana. He'll be performing with his Kevin Clark Quartet.

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Joe Smith, pedal steel. Joe, a native Charlottean, is a Grand Ole Opry veteran and has toured the world performing.

3-4 p.m.: Steve McGaha, blues guitarist and winner of the New Folk Heritage Award.

4:30-5:45 p.m.; 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Freddie Vanderford Band.

8-9 p.m.; 9:30-10:30 p.m.: Ramblin' Bill Band, performing Country. Rockabilly and Western Swing.

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