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* Rock singer-songwriter Carolyn Striho continues to celebrate the release of her latest album, “Honesty,” with a pair of high-profile shows this weekend. On Friday (Jan. 15) Striho and guitarist Scott Dailey join Dave Boutette and Chris McCall at 7 p.m. at the Trinity House Concert Theatre, 22222 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia. Tickets are $15 ($12 for members). Call (734) 464-6302 or visit www.trinityhouse.org. On Sunday (Jan. 17), the Carolyn Striho Group shares the stage with Paul Miles at 8 p.m. at Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak. Admission is free. Call (248) 543-4300 or visit www.memphissmokeroyaloak.com.

* Detroit’s Magic Stick is holding a Customer Appreciation Night Friday (Jan. 15), starting at 9 p.m. with an hour of complimentary food and domestic draft beer. The Sugarcoats, Gardens, Liquor Store and Highest Power will perform, with the Keep On Trash DJs spinning. The Magic Stick, is at 4120 Woodward Ave. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

* Motorcityblog celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday (Jan. 16) with a music showcase and photography exhibit at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Performers include Ken’s Loud Band, Electric Fire Babies, Mick Bassett & the Marthas, Satori Circus, the Lincolns UK, Kinetic Stereokids and Blasé Splee. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Music Hall Center. Call (313) 887-8500 or visit www.motorcityblog.net.

* The local Paul Green School of Rock takes on the music of Jimi Hendrix twice this weekend, at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 16-17) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $10 for each show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* The Guymon Ensley Jazz Quintet, with guest vocalist Sandra Bomar, will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at this month’s edition of the B’Jazz Vespers series Sunday (Jan. 17) at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates, Birmingham. Music starts at 6 p.m. and the evening includes a non-sectarian worship interlude. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken for the musicians. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

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