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Homegrown Happenings: Blowout, /Something Utopic and more...

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* The 14th annual Blowout festival continues for two more nights, Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, with more than 100 local groups and artists playing at 14 venues in Hamtramck. Wristbands are $20 and cover all venues for the rest of the Metro Times-sponsored event's run. A full schedule and other details can be found at www2.metrotimes/blowout.

* For those who just want to bang on the drum all day, Foli Detroit will present a Rhythm Family Djembe class at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at Detroit's Magic Stick, followed by a free-form drumdance circle. The venue is located at 4120 Woodward Ave. Admission is $5. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

* Aretha Franklin's son Teddy Richards, the Analog Dogs, the Crawlers (featuring former members of (bop) Harvey) and members of the Verve Pipe will united on Saturday, March 5, at Suzefest, a benefit for their ailing friend and fellow Michigan State University grad Suzanne Prichard. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Gus O'Connors Public House, 42875 Grand River Ave. Novi. Admission is $20. Call 248-465-9670 or visit www.gusoconnors.com.

* The Troy trio Something Utopic plays its edgy modern rock on Saturday, March 5, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. F.D.I.K., the Disciples and Angie's House are also on the bill. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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