The 2009 Concert of Colors will offer a free preview Friday (June 26) when the local world music groups Mazaj and Roots Vibrations perform as part of the 4th Fridays with Ford Concert Series at 11:30 a.m. at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. The bands will join the Aaron Neville Quintet, the Don Was Detroit Super Session II,
Vieux Farke Toure and others at the Concert of Colors, July 18-19 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call (313) 624-0215 or visit www.concertofcolors.com.
Veteran blues-rocker Paul Lamb and his group, P-A-U-L & the Harper Woods Heroes roll out a new album, “Gunshot Lullaby,” with a performance Saturday night (June 27) at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak. Eliza Neils and Bixy Lutz also are on the bill. Music starts at 9 p.m. and a $7 donation is suggested at the door. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www. memphissmokeroyaloak.com. Lamb is also hosting a pre-show barbecue from 6-8:30 p.m. at Rustbelt Studios, 118 E. Seventh St., Royal Oak. Admission is free but RSVPs are required by noon today to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit and Memphis rock histories collide on Saturday (June 27) night when a pair of legendary rock trios — the Motor City’s Gories (whose Mick Collins now leads the popular Dirtbombs) and the Oblivians from Tennessee — regroup to bring the noise at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
The audio-visual collective Single Barrel Detroit launches on Saturday (June 27) with a session at the Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit. An assortment of film and visual images will combine with live performances by Alan Scheurman and Daniel Zott to offer a sense of what the SBD crew has in mind. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call (313) 962-2933 or visit www. singlebarreldetroit.com.