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Lake Orion singer-songwriter and former Howl member Jon Leaf rolls out his latest musical incarnation, Pop Songs For People, opening for the Illinois Americana troupe Ohtis Friday (Aug. 15) in the Vernors Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 or free with a student ID. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Expatriate Michigan singersongwriter Matthew Marsh returns home to check out the Woodward Dream Cruise and play songs from his new album, “Timeline,” Friday (Aug. 15) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Liz Larin and Ether Aura are also on the bill. Doors open at 8

p.m. Tickets are $7. Call (248) 544-3030

or visit www.themagicbag.com.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival’s weekly pre-fest series moves to Oakland County Friday (Aug. 15) when Steve Nardella plays at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St. at Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $3. Call (248) 543-4300.

Memphis Smoke will also be the place to be on Sunday (Aug. 17)night, when celebrated local rockers the Reefermen play a special acoustic set at 9 p.m. or thereabouts (it works like that ...). Admission is free. Call (248) 543-4300.

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