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Homegrown Happenings: Mega 80`s Spinoffs, Rattlesnake Shake and more...

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Popular covers band the Mega 80’s veers from its usual Saturday (Jan. 26) night program at the Magic Bag in Ferndale this weekend to adopt a pair of alter egos — the Square Pegz and the X Generation. The former will play female-sung ’80s hits, while the X Generation will revisit the ’90s in its set. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Muggs members Danny Methric and Tony DeNardo will roll out their side project, Rattlesnake Shake — a tribute to the late ’60s era Fleetwood Mac, at 10 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit. Admission is $3. Call (313) 882-8560 or visit www.cadieuxcafe.com.

Ypsilanti-based art rockers Mason Proper will perform a pair of homestate shows this weekend to preview material from a new EP, “Short Hand,” that’s due out March 4. The group plays Friday (Jan. 25) with Via Audio, Eons and Everthus the Deadbeats at the Blind Pig, 208 First St., Ann Arbor. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for those 21 and over, $10 for those 18-20. Call (734) 996-8555 or visit www.blindpigmusic. com. The bands play again Saturday night at Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Call (313) 873-1739 or visit www. masonproper.com.

Gypsy jazz troupe the Hot Club of Detroit will host its 5th Annual Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival on Thursday (Jan. 31) and Feb. 1 at Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit. Joining the Hot Club will be guitarist Howard Alden — playing music from the Woody Allen film “Sweet and Low Down” — the Royal Garden Trio and the Joe Summers Trio. Both shows start at 9 p.m. Admission is $7 Thursday (Jan. 31) and $10 on Feb. 1. Call (313) 961-2543 or visit www.cliffbells.com.

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