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Homegrown Happenings: Benefits, Gorevette and Something American

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Benefits — for Haiti and beyond — will dot the local music landscape this weekend. More than 20 local bands — including Friendly Foes, Bump, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor Troy Gregory and Cooper Thieves — will play Friday and Saturday (Jan. 29-30) at Detroit Rocks For Haiti, with proceeds going to a mission retired Detroit Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is leading to the earthquake-ravaged country. The music starts at 8:30 each night. A minimum donation of $8 will be collected at the door. The Magic Stick is at 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com ... Detroit’s Music Cafe, 350 Madison Ave., will host a Hope For Haiti benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (Jan. 29), with an eclectic lineup of artists such as Nadir, Kama Kazi, Eagles’ Wings and Jasmin Barber taking part. Attendees are required to donate cash or material goods (water, clothing, blankets) that will be forwarded to the Yele Haiti Foundation, the Carma Foundation and the American Red Cross. Call 313-887-8500 or visit www. jazzcafedetroit.com ... Pontiac’s Eagle Theater, meanwhile, will host a Jam For Sudan on Saturday (Jan. 30) to raise money for the Michigan Darfur Coalition’s Refugee Assistance Program. The Shakedown, Orange Marsupials, Reaching For Roses, The 3rd Floor Kids and more are set to perform. The Eagle is at 15 S. Saginaw St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Amy Gore of Detroit’s Gore Gore Girls rolls out Gorevette, her new project with venerable punk rocker Nikki Corvette — their new EP, “The Lustfully Yours,” came out this week — with a pair of area shows this weekend. The group plays Detroit’s Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave. on Friday (Jan. 29) with Easy Action. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 313-962-2933 or visit www.myspace.com/ theparkbar. On Saturday (Jan. 30), Gorevette plays with Silverghost and USL at PJ’s/Goodnite Gracie Complex, 301 W. Huron St., in Ann Arbor. Call 734-752-5740 or visit www.goodnitegracie. com. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 for both shows. The Gore’s Lianna Castillo and Powertrane drummer Al King are part of the group, while Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek appears on a couple of songs on the EP.

Something American, one of Detroit’s great ’80s power pop bands, reunite for a special show on Saturday (Jan. 30) in the Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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