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Homegrown Happenings: Robin Horlock And Brandon Calhoon, Blues Challenge Winners and more...

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A pair of local rock singer-songwriters will host a joint CD release party Friday (Jan. 23) in Ferndale. Robin Horlock is celebrating his new effort, “Music,” while Brandon Calhoon is bringing out his five-song EP “Detroit

City.” Dirt Road Logic also is on the bill at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. for people 18 and older. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

The winners of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge — John Latini and Count Bracey & the Pleasure Tones — will perform Saturday (Jan. 24) to raise funds for their trip to this year’s International Blues Convention in Memphis. The show takes place at 9 p.m. at Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. There is no cover charge, but donations are being requested at the door. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

The Palmer Woods Music in Homes series takes on a New Orleans flavor on Saturday (Jan. 24) with a performance

by Taslimah Bey’s Ragtime Band. The pianist and her quartet, including Stevie Wonder’s trumpeter Dwight Adams, will perform music by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and other ragtime artists, while the accompanying dinner will include red beans, rice, jambalaya and other Crescent City favorites. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call (313) 891-2514 or visit www.palmerwoods.org.

Local rapper Paradime, the hype man in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker band, kicks off the new guest DJ series at the Greektown Casino-Hotel’s Eclipz Lounge in downtown Detroit on Saturday (Jan. 24). Paradime will start spinning at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. Call (877) 434-5554 or visit www.greektowncasino.com.

Singer-songwriters Jan Krist and Jim Bizer will play the latest edition of the Carrick House Concerts series at 4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 25) in Clarkston. The $10 donation includes dinner, snacks and coffee. RSVP to carrickhome1@netscape.net or (248) 394-0113 to reserve a spot and get directions.

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