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Homegrown Happenings: Alexander Zonjic, Rock For Kid Rock and more...

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Detroit area flutist and WVMVFM morning host Alexander Zonjic holds a belated celebration for the June release of his latest CD, “Doin’ the D,” on Tuesday (July 14) at Seldom Blues, the supper club he co-owns in the Detroit GM Renaissance Center. Zonjic will be joined by Maysa, Jeff Lorber, Ken Navarro, James Lloyd and the Motor City Horns will perform as special guests. The $75 tickets include dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30. Call (313) 567-7301 or visit www.seldomblues.com. Zonjic also performs a free show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Inkster Summer Jazz Fest on Inkster Road between Colonial Park and Michigan Avenue. Call (313) 563-7709 or visit www. cityofinkster.com.

The Southpaw Isle Steelband will be the featured performer at this weekend’s 2nd Saturdays on the Riverfront concert at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 11) at the Rivard Plaza, 1340 E. Atwater St. The event also includes family activities, a carousel and a petting zoo. Admission is free. Call (313) 576-5100 or visit www.detroitsymphony.org.

The Mantons rock ‘n’ roll out of Hazel Park this weekend to celebrate the release of their new album, “Squeeze the Fish,” with a show Saturday (July 11) night at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Showtime is 10 p.m. Black Lodge and Steven & the Reefers will also perform. There is no cover charge. Call (313) 961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.

Apollo, Reign, Belemnite Battlefield, Cowboy Shotgun and Life in August perform at the Pike Room’s weekly local band showcase at 6 p.m. Sunday (July 12) inside The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Five local bands — Stellardrive, Lithium, Mound Road Engine, Jiva and Publik Parking -- will compete Sunday (July 12) in Kid Rock’s Battle of the Bands, with two winners chosen to perform outside Comerica Park before Rock’s concerts there on July 17-18. Winners will be chosen by an audience ballot. The battle takes place at 8 p.m. at Dooley’s, 32500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. Admission is free for those age 21 and older. Call (586) 296-2739 or visit www. dooleysirish.com.

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