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The Plymouth-based jam band Champagne Saints celebrates the release of its first CD, “Throwing Hail Marys,” twice this weekend. The group will party at 9 p.m. Friday (June 12) at the Bosco, 22930 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Call (248) 541-8818 or visit www.thebosco.com. On Saturday (June 13), Champagne Saints will perform at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tadas & His Guitar open. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www. thecrofoot.com.

Modern rock and folk stylings will be on display when The Strange, The Great Fiction, Brae and Ben Cyllus team up for a four-play on Saturday (June 13) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

The NOAH Project, an organization that helps the homeless, presents a free concert to promote peace at 3 p.m. Sunday (June 14) at the Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams St., Detroit. Performers include Jocelyn B. & The Detroit Street Players, Julie Beutel, shoe., the Y-Arts Deep River Choir, the Recovery Band and the NOAH Arts Collective, with a speech by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and readings by local poets. Call (313) 965-5422.

Cute little dogs, cats and other furry creatures will be the beneficiaries of Artists For Animals, which takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday (June 14) in the Vernors Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. Skarrd will rock and DJ Famus will spin, and the $10 admission will go to the Michigan Humane Society to help pay for care of animals. Gift certificates will be raffled off during the evening to raise additional funds. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Royal Oak’s Rustbelt Studios will host a showcase of three bands it’s been working with on Thursday (June 18) at the Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., Detroit. Jody Raffoul and his band, Bear Lake and Pale Hollow will perform, and the show is being recorded for a CD release later this year. Music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call (313) 964-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com.

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