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Homegrown Happenings: Hush, Harpfest and more...

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* Veteran local rapper Hush will celebrate the release of his new digital album, "The Open Book," Friday (Oct. 23) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. The 12-track album is newly available at iTunes and is Hush's first full-length release since "Bulletproof" in 2005. Quest Mcody, the Definition and Band With No Name will also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.myspace.com/hush.

* It will get loud Friday (Oct. 23) at the Magic Bag when hard rockers Fifth Way, Arazi, Ghosts of August and the Fake Take play on a high-volume, heavy rockin' bill at 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

* The harmonica will be the star of Friday's (Oct. 23) Detroit Blues Society Harpfest 2009, but it will be blown by some masters, including Tomas [cq] Esparza, Carl Caballero, Brian Smith and the veteran local hero Harmonica Shah. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Covers is $10. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

* Jill Jack, Stewart Francke, the Polish Muslims, Dennis Farac and A (Habeas) Chorus Line will perform at Shrineapalooza, a benefit for Royal Oak Shrine Catholic High School's Performing Arts Department at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 24) in the opening event for the school's new Saunders Auditorium. Shrine is located at 3500 W. Thirteen Mile Road. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 541-4122, ext. 455.

* Local funk rockers Velvet Elvis will bring the noise at a DVD release party for "A Face Full of Sock," a compilation of seven short horror films starring sock puppets, including "Frankensock" and "Sock Puppet Zombies Attack!" The show takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 25) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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