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Homegrown Happenings: Blues Awards, House Of Funk '09, Drag Queens and more...
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Detroit Blues Society will present its annual awards at the group’s monthly “meeting,” which takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 10) at Memphis Smoke, 100 Main St., Royal Oak. Musician and WCSX “Motor City Blues Project” host Mark Pasman will receive the Blues Horizon Award, while singer Thornetta Davis and the late Sippie Wallace will be this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Pasman and Davis will each perform with Josh Boyd & the VIP Band, while Maggie McCabe will sing in tribute to Davis. Admission is free. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www. detroitsbluessociety.org.

The Paul Keller Orchestra will celebrate 20 years of playing big band swing and jazz Friday (Jan. 9) with a special performance at the Firefly Club, 637 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, where the 15-piece PKO has played every Monday night for the past seven years. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (734) 665-9090 or visit www.fireflyclub.com.

The local outlets of the Paul Green School of Rock Music kick off two weekends of showcases with a tribute to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 10-11) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. On Jan. 17-18 the students will perform a tribute to the Beatles. Tickets to all shows are $10. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

Music, dancing, comedy, impersonations and more from some of the Detroit area’s leading drag queens will be part of Winter Wonderland, a revue that takes pace Friday (Jan. 9) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Performers include Electra Lites, Deangela “Show” Shannon, S’Myra Skye Banks, Hershae Chocolate, CeCe Daniels and others. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for those aged 18-20, $10 for 21 and up. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetrtoit.com.

Bass guitar hero T-Money Green and his band, Roadwork, will headline House of Funk ’09 at 7 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 11) at Memphis Smoke, 100 Main St., Royal Oak. Lisa Lauren Smith will perform as Roadwork’s featured singer, and the bill also includes 1592, Brian B. and Anthony Floyd, the son of soul legend Eddie Floyd. A $5 donation is suggested at the door, with proceeds going to the Motor City Music Foundation to present this year’s Detroit Music Awards. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www.myspace.com/mcmf.

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