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Detroit trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave will celebrate his 72nd birthday with four nights of blowing

Wednesday (June 11) through June 14 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms. Belgrave will be joined by students from Oberlin University, where he heads the Jazz Studies program, and special guests are expected (but have not yet been divulged). The music starts at 6:30 p.m., with two performances each night. Reservations are recommended. Call (313) 882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com.

Detroit’s Freer brings its melodic, R&B-flavored rock to Pontiac’s Pike Room Friday (June 6), topping a bill that also features The High Strung and Lightning Love. Doors

open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The Pike Room is in the Crofoot complex, 1 S. Saginaw St. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Groundbreaking Detroit rapper Esham will headline a bill that also includes Poe, WhosaineSupa, Emcee Ajax and Autopzy Saturday (June 7) at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Ferndale’s Magic Bag goes metal when Core Effect celebrates the release of its new album, “Armored Shades of Light,” with a Saturday (June 7)show that also includes the Transfer, False City and Pillar of Autumn. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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