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Totally Awesome Fest

Fri., April 28, 5 p.m., Sat., April 29, 5 p.m. and Sun., April 30, 5 p.m.

For the lucky 13th consecutive year, Totally Awesome Fest will take over downtown Ypsilanti to provide pancakes and entertainment to the public for free. This year, venues include Dreamland Theater, which is, of course, the best puppetry studio in the state of Michigan, and their whimsical performances are always sure to enchant kids. Grove Studios is another awesome venue on the list. It’s a creative space for artists and musicians, with a super rad homemade stage that you’ll definitely want to see some cool bands perform on. The House of Mole will also serve as a venue, and an awesome one at that. This year’s performers include Crime Victim, Queen Louie, Rebel Kind, Deadbeat Beat, Wraiths, Little Traps, and more. free

Downtown Ypsilanti (map)
1 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti
Downtown Ypsilanti

Rock Roulette Detroit

Fri., April 28, 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the fabulous Girls Rock Detroit, PJ’s Lager House will host Rock Roulette Detroit for the second year in a row. Girls Rock Detroit, a week-long musical summer camp for girls ages 8-14, uses this show as a way to raise money for the camp and to get some awesome women from the Detroit rock scene all together in one place. This year’s show will feature eight bands, all formed on March 5 to ensure equal competition for fundraising (and the chance to record their music professionally): the Floodlights, the Maw Maws, Lowbrow, Hissyfit, Persnickety, the Cherry Blossom Effect, McDougall Cellophane & the Nasty Hands, and Nature Vs. Her. $10 suggested donation

PJ's Lager House (map)
1254 Michigan Ave.
Corktown
phone (313) 961-4668

Testament

Fri., April 28, 6 p.m.

Thrash metal from the 80s has never died and Testament is touring to prove it. Coming with Sepultra and Prong, Testament is going to fill the Majestic with songs to thrown down and get rowdy to. $25-$30

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Majestic Theatre (map)
4140 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 833-9700
Testament

JOE LYNN TURNER

Fri., April 28, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
john@thetokenlounge.com

Joe Lynn Turner sang on three Rainbow, one Deep Purple & one Yngwie Malmsteen Album. He is one of the best singers in rock and roll. $30-$40

https://www.facebook.com/events/1854030028212514/
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Token Lounge (map)
28949 Joy Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 513-5030; (734) 513-8689 (FAX)
JOE LYNN TURNER

Decades Rewind

Fri., April 28, 7:30-9:45 p.m.
phone 810-985-6166
decadesrewind@gmail.com
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@ McMorran Place, 701 McMorran Blvd, Port Huron, MI 48060
Relive your life's best moments through music and video in a night of fun and nostalgia. Join us for an experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before! This brand new theatrical concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The most prominent decades in music history bring your memories to life with over 100 costume changes and videos that turn back time. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. Decades Rewind. Your music. Your memories. Your life. $30

http://www.decadesrewind.com
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Aimee Mann

Fri., April 28, 8 p.m.

Opener: Jonathan Coulton $75 Gold Circle; $50 GA

The Ark (map)
316 S. Main St.
Downtown Ann Arbor
phone (734) 763-8587

Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque Duo

Fri., April 28, 8-9:45 p.m.
phone 734-464-6302
michfingerstyle@gmail.com

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic. They both have musical claims to fame & are now back together as a duo. Fareed having been named 'Best World Guitarist' by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009 and one of Goran's Albums named 'Best Album in 2013' by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. They have recorded two CDs together - Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to perform together. Now you can see them live! $20

http://www.trinityhousetheatre.org
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Trinity House Theatre (map)
38840 W. Six Mile Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 464-6302
Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque Duo

The Torch Twisters

Fri., April 28, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
phone 313-483-7283

@ MotorCity Wine, 1949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Classic Romantic Jazz Standards

http://motorcitywine.com
MotorCity Wine (map)
1949 Michigan Ave
Corktown The Torch Twisters

Sinjon Smith

Fri., April 28, 9:30 p.m. and Fri., June 30, 9:30 p.m.

$5

The Damned

Sat., April 29, 7 p.m.

Because the Damned has been legendary since 1976 (arguably releasing the first punk single with “New Rose”), it shouldn’t take much to convince people that this show is more than worthwhile. The Damned is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and word is that these shows are sick. As with Wire, expect a band that is way better than they have any right to be, or need to be, at this late stage. $23-$129

St. Andrew's Hall (map)
431 E. Congress
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 961-6358
The Damned

Pretty Ghouls Record Release

Sat., April 29, 9 p.m.

With a sound like Lesley Gore trapped in Night of the Living Dead, the Pretty Ghouls are easily the best trio in Detroit, and will totally rock your world as they release not one, but two 45s. The band — made up of powerful, haunting lead singer Asia Mock, guitarist Sarah Stawski, and drummer T.J. Ghoul — has been at it for years now, earning a reputation for being one of the city’s best rock acts, and with good reason. Seeing them is always such a great time, but it’s even more worth it now because this show is all they have slated so far for 2017. Joining the Pretty Ghouls are creepy synth band Real Ghosts, and goth-y, riotous rock band, Primitiv Parts. $7

Gala Reception and World Premiere Performance, Needle in a Haystack: the Story of the Velvelettes

Sat., April 29, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 810-787-2200
mccree.theatre@att.net
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@ The New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Road, Flint, MI 48505
A Fundraising event for the New McCree Theatre utilizing the world premiere performance of the orginal musical, Needle in a Haystack: the Story of the Velvelettes as the centerpiece. Reception will feature hors'douevres, art exhibits, memorabilia displays and an appearance by the Velvelettes. $50.00

https://www.thenewmccreetheatre.com
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The McCree Theater (map)
2040 W. Carpenter Rd.
Flint Gala Reception and World Premiere Performance, Needle in a Haystack: the Story of the Velvelettes

Phil Treais Performs

Sat., April 29, 7-9 p.m.
phone 248-877-8230

Pianist Phil Treais will be rockin’ with guests at Dukes of Highland: Bar and Restaurant, Saturday, April 8, 7 – 9 p.m. Phil will play some classic rock and blues, as well as some originals, as guests enjoy food and the family-friendly atmosphere at Dukes. No cover. Free

http://www.DukesofHighland.com

Rick Roe Trio: Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto

Sat., April 29, 7-10 p.m.
phone 734-663-1202

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Rick Roe leads his straight-ahead trio with bassist Paul Keller and drummer Rob Avsharian through Rick's amazing arrangements of Thelonious Monk tunes, classical pieces, movie themes, familiar standards re-imagined, and Rick's own nifty original tunes. Plus a few extra very delightful musical surprises! Good food and drinks - all reasonably priced - are available at Zal Gaz Grotto. Free, safe parking. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter FREE. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter FREE.

Zal Gaz Grotto Club (map)
2070 W. Stadium Blvd.
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 663-1202
Rick Roe Trio: Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto

Concerto for Comedian

Sat., April 29, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., April 30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
phone 519-973-1238 ex. 2
boxoffice@windsorsymphony.com
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Hilarious ‘Stand-Up Musician’ Christopher Hall presents a unique and entertaining evening featuring the two universal languages: Music & Laughter! Early bird $42-$64 adult, $46-69 at the door, student and senior rates available

http://windsorsymphony.com/
The Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre (map)
121 University Ave West
Greater Detroit Area
phone (519) 253-7729
Concerto for Comedian
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