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The Magic Bag in Ferndale will feature bands rocking for good, cancer-related causes this weekend. Anne Be Davis and Harry Chronic Jr., a couple of favorites from the Detroit and Ann Arbor underground rock scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, have reunited for an American Cancer Society benefit Friday (July 31). On Saturday (Aug. 1), the Paybacks return from a two-year hiatus to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research; Octopus (featuring former members of the Electric Six, Deadstring Brothers and Detroit Cobras), the Sugarcoats and Go-Go Yugo (featuring members of 19 Wheels) also are on the bill. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 for both shows. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Troy singer-songwriter Chris Laskos will celebrate the release of his band Awaiting Sunrise’s self-titled debut CD with a solo performance at 9:30 p.m. Friday (July 31) at Tappers Pub, 877 E. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills. Laskos was among the finalists in a recent competition who will have a song in the upcoming Michigan-made movie, “Annabelle and Bear.” He’ll be joined tonight by James Kasprick. Admission is free. Call (248) 852-1983 or visit www.myspace.com/awaitingsunrise.

Pontiac’s Crofoot complex is teaming with the Detroit-promoting only collective SingerBarrelDetroit.com Friday (July 31) to present Phonotropic’s Wicked Awesome Barbequed Musical Safari, with bands and DJs performing throughout the venue and artists displaying their work. The lineup includes Prussia, Friendly Foes, The Great Fiction, Millions of Brazilians, Manna and Quail, The Summer Pledge and CD release celebrations by Zoos of Berlin and Oblisk. Doors open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6:30. Tickets are $10 for people ages 18-21 and $5 for those 21 and older. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Detroit honky-tonk rock favorites the Orbitsuns, led by Sponge and Crud frontman Vinnie Dombroski, will play and, well, play at Friday's (July 31) Dollars & Dice Night in the Eclipz Ultra Lounge at Greektown Casino, 555 Lafayette, Detroit. The Orbitsuns will perform at 10 p.m. and then, upon finishing, hit the casino floor to join fans in games of chance. Admission is free. Call (313) 223-5101 or visit www.greektowncasino.com.

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