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Homegrown Happenings: Tiles, Echoes of Pink Floyd, Rootgrass and more...

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Progressive rock will be the order of the weekend at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, with a pair of shows that will delight fans of noodly virtuosity. The tribute band Echoes of Pink Floyd (formerly The Surrogate Band) will play the British group’s legendary “The Wall” in its entirety Friday (March 7). Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. On Sunday (March 9), local rockers Tiles celebrate the release of their most recent album, “Fly Paper,” which features guest appearances by Canadian luminaries Alex Lifeson of Rush, Kim Mitchell and Alannah Myles. Discipline opens the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. the Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

Rootgrass will bring its selfdescribed “rebel rootsgrass and reggae, swashbucklin’ folk and blues,” to Pontiac Friday (March 7) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

World music artist Pavlo is from Canada, but his first PBS special has a Detroit area flavor. “Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights” was taped Jan. 25 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn and makes a quick turnaround for its premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 8) on WTVS, Channel 56 in Detroit. Visit www.wtvs. org for more information.

The newly formed Ecumenical Orchestra, an all-star jazz ensemble, will host its first Jazz Vespers concert worship service at 6 p.m. Sunday (March 9) at the Ecumenical Theological Seminar, 2930 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The group features guitarist Spencer Barefield, trumpeter John Trudell, vocalist Kate Patterson, bassist John Mayberry, drummer Sean Dobbins and pianist Kevin Grenier. The first show’s repertoire will feature works by Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Billy Strayhorn and others, along with scripture readings. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Call (313) 831-5200 or visit www.etseminary. edu.

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