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Flutist and WVMV-FM radio host Alexander Zonjic plays holiday piper this weekend with two special shows. Zonjic and his Friends ensemble performs Saturday (Dec. 13) at the 7th annual Piper’s Holiday Concert, a free festival which runs from noon-9 p.m. at Frenchtown Square Mall, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe. Call (734) 242-9150 or visit www.frenchtownsquare.com. On Sunday (Dec. 14) Zonjic’s annual Smooth Jazz Christmas show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre features performances Zonjic & Friends — joined by Thornetta Davis, Nick Colionne, the Motor City Horns and the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir — plus Richard Eliot and Paul Brown. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $30, with proceeds going to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. The theater is at 318. W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Robin Moore’s Cottonpickin’ Trio, a spin-off from the Northstars, will play songs by that band as well as covers of other favorite songs when it opens for Redhill at 8 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 13) at Callahan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Cover is 410. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

The Paul Keller Ensemble, with a full horn section and vocalist Susan Chastain, performs at the December edition of B’Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 14) at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St., Birmingham. The concert is free but an offering will be taken for the musicians. A nonsectarian prayer interlude will serve as an intermission. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.com.

The Carrick House Concerts series in Clarkston resumes on Sunday (Dec. 14) with a performance by local Americana acts Grievous Angel and Mike Vial. Doors open at 3 p.m. with coffee and pizza, and music begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 394-0113 or visit www. myspace.com/carrickshows. The performances will be broadcast live via www.a3radio.com.

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