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Homegrown Happenings: American Mars, Ben Cyllus and more...

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Detroit roots rock favorites American Mars perform two shows this week that mark drummer Josh Machniak’s last with the group before he moves to California. The group

plays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 8) as part of Friday Night Live! at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The show is free with a paid museum admission. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org. American Mars performs a free lunchtime show at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 13) at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. Call (313) 962-0101 or visit www.campusmartiuspark.com.

Singer-songwriter Ben Cyllus, who recently moved from Detroit to Nashville, comes home to headline

a night on the quiet side Friday (Aug. 8) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Silent Violet, Last Tourist and Elise McCoy will also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

D12 member Bizarre raps it up Friday (Aug. 8) at TC’s Speakeasy, 207 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. He’ll be performing material from his 2005 solo album “Hanni Cap Circus” as well as 2007’s “Blue Cheese and Coney Island” and this year’s mixtape “Hate Music.” ChrisCo, Don Juan, Crazy L and others are also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $10 for 21 and older, $15 for 18-20. Call (734) 483-4470 or visit www. tcsspeakeasy.com.

The Detroit Blues Society will open its pockets for a fundraiser at 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 21) headlined by Maine harp player Jason Ricci and his band New Blood, along with Detroit’s Harmonica Shah. Mark Pasman, host of WCSX-FM’s “Motor City Blues Project,” will emcee the event. No particular admission fee is set, but donations will be taken at the door with proceeds going to the DBS. The show takes place at Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

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