Detroit rappers Trick-Trick and Paradime unite for The Return of the Bad Guys throwdown Friday (April 24) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St. Pontiac. Doors at 9 .m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
A pair of Detroit area guitarists with extensive out-of-city résumés bring their own bands to Callahan’s in Auburn Hills on Friday (April 24). Paul Warren, who played lead guitar on the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” is currently with Rod Stewart after a tenure with Joe Cocker, while Bobby Murray has been Etta James’ guitarist for more than 20 years and has also worked with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Taj Mahal and others. Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www. atcallahan’s.com.
Detroit rocker Gabe Dodson and his Old Empire troupe will celebrate the release of a new album, “Queen City Quandaries,” on Saturday (April 25) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Manna and Quail and Those Transatlantics are also on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
Next week, the Arts League of Michigan is hosting Innovations:: Detroit Music.Summit, an all-day working and networking session designed to hook up members of the Detroit music and business communities. Among the topics discussed at the symposium will be a full-fledged music conference for the city in the fall of 2009, as well as long-term strategies for using music as a vehicle for economic development. Innovations is Thursday (April 30) at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. Registration is $50, $25 for students. Call (313) 310-2913.