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Homegrown Happenings: Scott Petersen Benefit, Todd Alsup, Deadstring Brothers and more...

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Thornetta Davis, the Sun Messengers, Marcus Belgrave and Johnnie Bassett are among the local musicians who will rally Monday (June 16) to help one of their own — Scott Petersen, a well-credentialed saxophone player suffering from cystic fibrosis. Petersen, who turns 52 on Sunday (June 15), is awaiting a double lung transplant in San Francisco, and proceeds from the night will go to the Scott Petersen Transplant Fund. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Cliff Bell’s, 2020 Park Ave., Detroit. A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door. Call (313) 961-2543 or visit www.cliffbells. com.

Oakland County expatriate Todd Alsup and his piano come home to showcase songs from his EP, “Facts and

Figures” Friday (June 13) at the Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Beth Stalker opens the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

The Magic Bag will rock Friday (June 13) with a high-powered bill headlined by the Deadstring Brothers and also featuring Matt Mays & El Torpedo and Doop & the Inside Outlaws. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

This week’s Sizzlin’ Summer Sundays concert in Pontiac features the Eleven Project, Back to the River

Back to the Forest, Grey Cells, the Joshua Project and Autumn. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot. com.

“International Boogie Woogie: Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival” premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 14) on Detroit Public Television station WTVS (Channel 45). The program, filmed at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in October of 2005, features performances by pianists from around the world, including Canadians Michael Kaeshammer and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Philippe LeJeune from France and Sylvan Zingg from Switzerland. A DVD of the program, with 45 additional minutes of music, is available by calling (866) 270-5141.

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