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Homegrown Happenings: Alto Reed, Haiti Benefits and more...

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* Silver Bullet Band saxophonist Alto Reed may be headed out on the road with Bob Seger this fall, but before that’s determined he’ll be playing a hometown gig with his Reed and Dickinson Band on Friday, April 23, at Alvin’s, 5756 Cass Ave., Detroit. Daniel Harrison & the $2 Highway open. Music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $20. Call 313-638-6300 or visit www.alvinsoncass.com.

* Local musicians will take part in a pair of benefits for Haitian earthquake relief this weekend. The International Social Work Organization and HOPE Hospitality & Warming Inc. are presenting World Music — A Fundraiser for Haiti on Friday, April 23, at the Majestic Complex, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Performers include Sean Blackman’s World of Jazz Quartet, Blue Deer and DJ Charlie Munk, among others. Local artists and photographers will also be selling their works for the cause. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com. On Sunday (April 25) Birmingham’s First Baptist Church will host a special R’Jazz For Haiti concert with the Paul Keller Trio paying tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 300 Willits St. at Bates. Tickets are $20, with proceeds going to Church World Service. Call 248-644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

* Four local acts — singer-songwriter Rob Taube, the Underground Sun, the Paisley Fog and 2 Dayz Gone — will take part in the third annual Jammin’ to End Famine 2010, a benefit for Kids Against Hunger, on Friday, April 23, at Monaghan’s Knights of Columbus Hall, 19801 Farmington Road, Livonia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Call 248-476-8385 or visit www.kidsagainsthungercoalition.com.

* The Hard Lessons come home to rock Ferndale’s Magic Bag on Friday, April 23, with Octopus, Fawn and Continental Things also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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