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Local singer-songwriter Ty Stone will celebrate the national release of his self-titled national debut EP, which was produced by Kid Rock, with Shiprocked, a moonlight Detroit River cruise taking place 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday (May 16) on the Detroit Princess Riverboat. Stone and his band, the Truth, will perform along with Robin Horlock, Brandon Calhoon and Frankie D'Angelo. Stone will also sign copies of the EP during the cruise. Boarding is at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (877) 338-2628 or visit www.myspace.com/shiprockdetroit.

Auburn Hills' Callahans will be the place to get the blues this weekend. Veteran local guitar hero Jeff Grand (Howling Diablos, Uncle Kracker) brings his Grand Masters to the club on Friday (May 15), with the Motor City Kings opening. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $5. On Saturday (May 16), Callahan's opens the next round of the 2009 Detroit Blues Challenge with Muledrive, Dirty Pirate Hookers, Electric Gypsy and others vying for a spot in the October finals. Showtime is 9 p.m. and admission is free. Callahan's is located at 2105 South Blvd. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

* The Crofoot in Pontiac holds one of its periodic New Band Night showcases on Sunday (May 17) in the upstairs Pike Room, this time featuring Shotgun Soul, Sturgeon, Eternal Affliction, All About the Fire and the Dead Birds. Doors open at 5 p.m.. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw St. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* The Paul Keller Trio will close the 2008-09 B'Jazz Vespers season with a tribute to the late jazz piano great Oscar Peterson. Bassist Keller will be joined by pianist Steve Richko and drummer Pete Siers, and their repertoire will draw from the albums "To Oscar With Love," "Swingin' the Praise" and "The Michigan Jazz Suite." The program begins at 6 p.m. Sunday (May 17) at the Birmingham Baptist Church, 300 Willits St.. Admission is free; the evening includes a collection for the musicians and a worship interlude. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.bjazzvespers.org. The 2009-10 B'Jazz Vespers series begins in September.

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