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Homegrown Happenings: The Sillybillies, Alexander Zonjic, Gerald Wilson

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been two years since the Sillybillies, the psychobilly/cowpunk offshoot of the Sillies, has played, but they return to the stage with a set of covers and originals Friday (Nov. 30) at the New Way Bar, 23130 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Rachel Thomas and Skin & Bones are also on the bill, while the evening will start with a screening of the film “The Byrds, 1965-1972.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Call (248) 541-9870.

Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM morning radio host Alexander Zonjic — recently nominated for a pair of Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards — has lined up singer Maysa and the 70-piece Barbara Ogar Flute Choir to perform with him at his third annual Piper’s Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Admission is $25 general admission, $35 preferred seating. Proceeds go to the Pendrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. Call (313) 943-2354 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com.

Harper Woods-headquartered Mack Avenue Records and the Detroit Jazz Fest will host a special event this weekend with one of its senior artists, bandleader Gerald Wilson. WDETFM jazz host Ed Love and attorney Ed Collins will preside over “A Conversation with Gerald Wilson,” allowing the 89-yearold NEA Jazz Master to talk about his career as well as his new album, “Monterey Moods.” The event takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) in the General Motors Auditorium at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit www.maah-detroit.org.

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