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Homegrown Happenings: Freedom Hill Country Jam and more...

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• An array of area country talent will support onetime platinum star Gretchen Wilson at Saturday’s (Aug. 29) Freedom Hill Country Jam in Sterling Heights. The Forbes Brothers Band, Redhill, Jocaine, Derringer and Annabelle Road will join Wilson on the main stage, while Maggie McCabe, Cowboy Alan, Mark Richardson and the Christy Howard Band will perform on a second stage. The show begins at 3 p.m. at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy. Tickets are $25 and $45 pavilion, $13 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

• Ann Arbor guitar virtuoso Laith Al-Saadi brings his fleet-fingered stylings to Ferndale’s Magic Bag on Saturday (Aug. 29), with SAR (Stealing Allan’s Rights) opening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

• Oakland County-based rockers Funhouse, who have been mostly inactive during the past 15 years, reconvene for a 20th anniversary celebration Saturday (Aug. 29) at Boomer’s Roadhouse, 6650 Highland Road, Waterford Township. Joy Girl and Tea Bag also will perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. Call (248) 666-6080 or visit www.boomersroadhouse.com.

• Shelby Township-based rock singer-songwriter Paul Thomas Zito celebrates the release of his new album, “Between the People and Their Beast” on Saturday (Aug. 29) in the Vernors Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. The Creepers and Firs & Spruces also are on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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