Musical comedian and Brother Rice High School graduate J. Chris Newberg — a veteran of “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and other shows — comes home for a pair of shows, at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday (Aug. 7) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
Detroit’s own Robert Noll Blues Mission is on tap to bring a bit of guitar-fueled magic on Saturday (Aug. 8) to Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Showtime is 9 p.m. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
The Mahonies, a proud member of Detroit’s two-piece, guitar-and-drums rock heritage, headlines this weekend’s Saturday Night (Aug. 8)Punk Out at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Paper Mice from Chicago will also perform. Showtime is 10 p.m. Admission is free. Call (313) 961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.
Detroit ska rockers Hometown Heroes celebrate the release of their first EP, “We’re Hometown Hereos and What is This?” at 6 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 9) in the Vernors Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Also on the bill are Troy headbangers A Theme For Murder and the Ann Arbor modern rock troupe Nightwatcher. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.