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Homegrown Happenings: B'Jazz Vespers, Paxahau anniversary and more...

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* The B’Jazz Vespers series opens its 15th season on Sunday, Sept. 19, with “A Salute to the Great Jazz Clubs of Detroit” by the Scott Gwinell Dectet at First Baptist Church of Birmingham. Bandleader Gwinell will be joined by members of the Motor City Horns and other notable area musicians in a program that pays tribute to Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the Graystone and other historic metro area spots. Showtime is 4-6 p.m. Admission is free but an offering will be taken for the musicians. The church is at 300 Willits St., Birmingham. Call 248-644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

* Seven area bands — including Wilson, Atavan, Bat On Fire and Squid The Whale — will take part in Rock to Save the Gulf, a benefit concert taking place Friday, Sept. 17, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Proceeds will go to the National Wildlife Federation and the Environmental Defense Fund, both involved in the restoration of the Gulf Coast area affected by the summer’s BP oil spill. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 248-758-9770 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* The School of Rock’s Rochester branch takes up residence again this weekend in Pontiac with five shows at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St. The students will present Live Aid Re-Made, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the legendary famine relief concert, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 19, with proceeds going to Music For Relief. The young rockers will also play a Mock Rock show (Spinal Tap, Tenacious D, etc.), at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, a tribute to Nirvana and Green Day at 6 p.m. Saturday, and a Beatles program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for each show. Call 248-758-9770 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* Local dance music promotion firm Paxahau, which produces the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival, holds a second party to celebrate its 12th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Vain, 1500 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Mash-up specialist Z-Trip and DJ Psycho from the Detroit Techno Militia will spin. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $20. Visit www.paxahau.com.

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