* Detroit's Magic Stick brings in the new month Friday (Oct. 3) with food, drink and music at Rocktober Fest. The evening starts at 6 with a two-hour beer tasting featuring a variety of national brands, along with complimentary German appetizers on the venue's Alley Deck until 11 p.m. SSM, Exit Eyes, Sisik Nation and Stare Into the Sun are slated to perform. Admission is $10. The Magic Stick is located at 4120 Woodward Ave. Cal (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
* The Detroit Blues Society will hold a release party for "The Best of the 2007 Detroit Blues Challenge Finals" on Saturday night (Oct. 4) at Callahan's, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Slated performers include 2007 champs the Espy/Yak Duo, Reverend Robert Sexton, Sweet Claudette, the Justine Blazer Band and Al Lukas. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $15 with a copy of the CD. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
* Concurrent with the 10th Annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival in Detroit, Border's Books and Music in Birmingham will present a free show with blues and boogie woogie pianist Matthew Ball at 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 4). The store is located 34300 Woodward Ave., Birmingham. Call (248) 203-0005 or visit www.borders.com.
* Detroit Christian rockers the Mark White Band will celebrate the release of their new album, "Now and Forever," with a performance Monday (Oct. 6) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include a copy of the CD. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.