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Homegrown Happenings: Earth Fest, Inhail, Cardif Giant and more...

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* A wealth of Detroit area bands will take part in an Earth Day celebration on Saturday (April 19) at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Among the performers will be poet John Sinclair, joining Flint's Glowb for the evening, Maruga & Free Funk, the Macpodz, Nadir Distorted Soul, Rootstand, Mutual Kumquat, the Ann Arbor Dub Project, Joey Spina, Howard Glazer, Slight Return and the Honest Life (acoustic indie rock). Artists, fashion vendors and non-profit environmental organizations will also take part in the event, which begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* The Magic Bag in Ferndale will host a pair of album release shows this weekend. On Friday (April 18) the jam band Inhail rolls out its "Piston Sunday," with Jam Samich and Bear Lake also on the bill. On Saturday (April 19) Cardif Giant celebrates the release of a self-titled CD after opening sets by Novada, Jonny Rumble and Millions Of Brazilians. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is $7 both nights. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

* The 4th Annual John Sinclair 4:20 All Star Jam is set for 9:30 p.m. Sunday (April 20) at 529 Monroe St. in Detroit's Greektown, just above the Golden Fleece Restaurant. Fresh off his appearance at the Crofoot's Earth Fest, Sinclair will preside over a house band that includes local luminaries such as guitarist Bobby East, bassist Paul Randolph and Brothers Groove members Chris Codish and Skeeto Valdez. Other players from around the metro area are expected to take part in the reverie. Admission is $5.

* Saxophonist Carl Cafagna and his ensemble, North Star Jazz, will perform "A History of Detroit Jazz" at this month's B'Jazz Vespers concert. Cafagna and company will present music from five eras of Detroit jazz music, including compositions by Kenny Burrell and Thad Jones. Showtime is 6 p.m. Sunday (April 20) at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates, Birmingham. Admission is free. There will be a worship interlude and an afterglow. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

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