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* Count Bracey & the Pleasuretones, Harmonica Shah, Phil Devoid and the Motor City Kings will perform at the Detroit Music Awards Foundation's (MCMF) 9th Annual Holiday Blues Showcase Friday (Dec. 26) at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak. The music starts at 9 p.m. A $5 suggested donation will go to MCMF, a non-profit organization that produces the annual Detroit Music Awards and other events. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www.myspace.com/mcmf.

* Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, a Detroit native who now resides in Oxford, stays home for the holidays with a performance at 9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 26) at Callahan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones will open the show. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

* Indefatigable Detroit rockers the Hard Lessons keep the holiday revelry going with their 3rd Annual Post-Christmas Blowout at 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 26) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Javelins, My Dear Disco and Child Bite will also perform. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

* Earth Engine, Crash the Kid and Steven Who? will be part of Detroit Concerts' Holiday Bash 2008, which takes place Saturday (Dec. 27) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Other acts on the bill include the Unseen, Clean As Dirt, 3rd Av., the Novel Citizen, Mirai, 89 Cent Special and Death of a Gunfighter. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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