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Vocalist Steve Blackwood will join the Cliff Monear Trio to open the new season of B’Jazz Vespers at 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 20) at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates in Birmingham. Admission is free, and the evening includes a nonsectarian worship interlude and a collection for the musicians. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.bjazz.vespers.org.

The local franchises of the Paul Green School of Rock take up residence at a couple of the metro area’s major ballrooms this weekend. The aspiring rockers will play four times at Pontiac’s Crofoot ballroom — a Corporate Rock show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 19-20), followed by Fun & Reggae at 3 p.m. each day — 1 S. Saginaw St. Admission is $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com. The Green gang also plays on the east side with shows at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 18) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 20) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. Tickets are $10. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheater.com.

Americana singer-songwriter Luke Sayers performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) at Trinity House, 38840 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Tickets are $15 and $12 for Trinity House members. Call (734) 464-6302 or visit www.trinityhouse.org.

Blues and folk singer-songwriter Paul Miles will celebrate the release of his new album, “Blue Collar Man,” on Sunday (Sept. 20) at Memphis Smoke, 100 Main St., Royal Oak. Miles will be backed by a full band, and Michael on Fire is also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www. pauljmilesmusic.com.

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