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Homegrown Happenings: Detroit Blues Challenge, Hard Lessons And More...

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Nine acts from southeast Michigan and Ontario will compete in this weekend’s finals of the 2007 Detroit Blues Challenge, hosted by the Detroit Blues Society starting at 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 25) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. LL Blues from Romeo, Mike Espy & Yakety Yak from Flint, and Al Lukas and Dusty, both from Windsor, will duke it out in the Solo/ Duo category, while the Band category will feature the metro Detroit groups Sweet Claudette & Friends, Reverend Robert Sexton’s All Star Band, the Justine Blazer Band, Michael May & the Messarounds and the Front Street Blues Band. The winners will represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Memphis, along with other prizes. Admission is $10. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

Detroit modern rock trio the Hard Lessons celebrates its new deal with Ann Arborbased Quack!Media and the release of the first single in its four-part “B & G Sides” series with the Rock Til You Drop II show Friday (Nov. 23) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The Satin Peaches, the Deck and Stationary Set also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit. com.

Singer-songwriter Robin Horlock will preside over a local rock bill Friday (Nov. 23) at the Magic Bag that also includes One Man’s Opinion and the Matt Austin Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

There’ll be plenty of music in the air — though we can’t vouch for the quality — at the 19th Annual Michigan Guitar Show, which runs from 10-5 Sunday (Nov. 25 at the Mabry Center, 23401 Mound Road in Warren. Dealers from across the Midwest regularly attend the show hawking new equipment as well as vintage and collectible items. Admission is $10; children 12 and under are free. Call (248) 546-7447 or visit www.gordys music.com.

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