The Readies — a new band launched by Danny Kroha (Demolition Dollrods, the Gories), Zach Weedon (The Dirtbombs) and Ben Luckett — rock into the new year Friday (Jan. 1) at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Oxford Cotton and The Potions also are on the bill. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $6. Call (313) 961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.
After spending some time on the road, blues rockers Motor City Josh & The Big Three return home with a performance at 9 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 2) at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $5. Call (248) 858-9508. Josh and company also resume their regular Wednesday night Open Blues Jams in the new year.
Fans of the Grateful Dead can get the new year off to a big start with a performance by the tribute band Dead Again on Saturday (Jan. )at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
A cadre of up-and coming local hard rockers — including 851 Jam, The Maunder Minimum, Audio Artillery, Theory X and Hollow Drive — take the stage Sunday (Jan. 3) night in the Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.