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Thanksgiving Eve Will Rock With Local Shows

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The parade floats will be lined up and ready to go. The football stadiums will be quiet. The turkey and all the trimmings will be a sunset away.

And the bars will be packed.

Thanksgiving eve (Wednesday, Nov. 25) is known nationwide as the busiest bar night, with college students returning home and expatriates catching up with old friends. It’s a night for cocktails and camaraderie.

And for good music, if you know where to find it.

As they compete for holiday celebrants, live music establishments traditionally ratchet up their offerings for the night before Thanksgiving, lining up intriguing packages and attention-getting headliners. Below are a dozen of the best music opportunities to assist with your picking and choosing ...

Eleven months ago, Chris Brown was an arena headliner; now, in the wake of Rihannagate and his assault on his then-girlfriend the night before this year’s Grammy Awards, the 20-year-old R&B singer is doing damage control and scaling down things down a bit, though he is preparing for the December release of his third album, “Graffiti.” Brown performs at 7 p.m. at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 Fourth St. Tickets are $33 in advance, $38 at the door. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Texas modern rockers the Jesus Lizard roll into The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac, for a show that also features Detroit’s Easy Action. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

The Mega 80s will roll back the decades at the 9th Annual Wasted & Basted Thanksgiving Eve Retro Party at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. The group will also play the Magic Bag on Black Friday, same time and price. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

They’ll be throwing back at Callahan’s Music Hall, too, when the Hell Drivers — featuring former Detroit Wheels/Rockets members Jimmy McCarty and Johnny “Bee” Badanjek celebrate the release of their “Live From Detroit” CD, with Dave Edwards & the Look opening. Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

After three months of an online reality show to recruit a new band, “Ty Stone’s Search For the Truth” comes to an end when the Kid Rock protégé rocks out with the winning musicians at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. The evening’s lineup also includes Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Robin Horlock, Brandon Calhoon and Pat V & the Detroit 3. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.insideoutlaws/com/thanksgiving-rockin-eve.

Like yams and pumpkin pie, the Reefermen will offer up some musical comfort food at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www.memphissmokeroyaloak.com.

Sponge is home for the holidays and will make sure fans are “Plowed” at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

The Sights celebrate their return to active duty at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. SSM, the Beggars and the Barrettes are also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

The Howling Diablos welcome Jimmie Bones from Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker band and Sean Forbes from the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-Pan) as special guests for its Thanksgiving Eve Bash at 8 p.m. at the Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton. The Infatuations will open. Tickets are $12. Call (734) 394-5300 or visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org.

Natives of the New Dawn and Bump will team up to party down at the Roostertail, 100 Marquette, Detroit. DJs Matt A and and Kenneth Thomas will spin, and “special guest appearances” are promised. Tickets range from $22.50-125 for a full VIP Privilege Pass. Call (888) 882-1121 or visit www.thenightbeforethanksgiving.com.

It will be a big night of local modern rock when Lee Marvin Computer Arm, Terrible Twos, the Readies, Silverghost and the Johnny III Band make some pre-turkey noise at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9. Call (313) 961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.

DJ Ice from Channel 95.5 spins for a Thanksgiving Eve party at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 for those aged 18-20, $10 for those 21 and up. On Thursday (Nov. 26), the Emerald will host a free Thanksgiving night concert with Critical Bill, Richy Nix, BWNN and Stellar Drive. Showtime is 8 p.m. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheater.com.

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