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Homegrown Happenings: Gary Grimshaw Benefit, John Sinclair and more...

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* The Howling Diablos, John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars, Howard Glazer & the EL34s and the Planet D Nonet will be among the performers taking part in a tribute and fundraiser for ailing Detroit artist Gary Grimshaw taking place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman St., Detroit. Sinclair, M.L. Liebler and James Semark will also read poetry in memory of their colleague Mick Vranich, who passed away earlier this month. Photographs by Leni Sinclair as well as Grimshaw’s famed concert posters will be on display, along with works by fellow poster artists Mark Arminski, Carl Ludgren and others. A $10 minimum donation is required for admission, with proceeds going to help Grimshaw with his medical expenses. Call 313-510-4493 or visit www.myspace.com/bohemiannationalhome.

* Poet/songwriter/activist John Sinclair is very much in the D this weekend, and in the coming week. Besides the Grimshaw tribute, Sinclair will join local jazz-rockers the Pinkeye Orchestra for a show at 10 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Majestic Cafe, 4130 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Marco Polio & the New Vaccines and Bars of Gold will also perform. Admission is $6. Then on Tuesday, April 20, the 6th Annual John Sinclair Music & Art Festival takes place at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com for information about both events.

* Birmingham’s monthly B’Jazz Vespers series takes a modern twist this weekend with a performance by euphonium and tuba player Brad Felt and his NuQuartet Plus, playing music from their album, “First Call.” The free show takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates in downtown Birmingham. Admission is free, though an offering will be collected for the musicians, and there will be a nonsectarian worship interlude. Call 248-644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

* After a successful first run in 2009, the 2nd annual Rock Lottery takes place Wednesday, April 21, at the Magic Stick to benefit the Greening of Detroit environmental organization. Sixty musicians have been randomly grouped into 15 bands which have one week to learn one cover song and write an original, with the results unveiled at the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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