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Homegrown Happenings: Marvin Gaye exhibit, Lookin' Back and more...

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— Better late than never; Detroit’s Motown Historical Museum opens its special exhibit dedicated to the late Marvin Gaye on Friday, May 6, more than a year after it was originally planned. The tribute will feature photos, artifacts, memorabilia and music from the singer’s time with the label, which produced enduring hits such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “What’s Going On.” The museum is at 2648 W. Grand Blvd. Call 313-875-2264 or visit www.motownmuseum.com.

— The Bob Seger tribute band Lookin’ Back will celebrate Seger’s 66th birthday on Friday, May 6, with a special performance at the Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke Road, Sterling Heights. The night’s second set will feature Lookin’ Back performing with singers from other area tribute bands for Alice Cooper (The Nightmare), Ted Nugent (Stranglehold), the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet) and Queen (The Game). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the $20 tickets include dinner. Call 586-731-2100 or visit www.tributetoseger.com.

— Detroit soul veteran Melvin Davis and his group, United Sound, bring the old school back home with a performance Friday, May 6, at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Jenni Lee Richey & the Great Tribulation are also on the bill. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 313-961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.

— Folk singer and radio host Matt Watroba hits the stage this weekend for a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Trinity House Theatre, 38840 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia. Watroba, a former WDET-FM personality, continues to host shows on WKSU-FM in Ohio and FolkAlley.com, as well as the nationally syndicated Sing Out! Radio Magazine. His latest album, “Shine Right Through the Dark,” came out in 2010. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members. Call 734-464-6302 or visit www.trinityhouse.org.

— Modern rockers Aria Aesthetic celebrate the release of a new EP, “Compass,” on Sunday, May 8, in The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Infinity Hour, Rival Summers, Moci, Headlights Over Hills, Living Like Ghosts and Truly Yours complete the lineup. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

— Moms will be feted with music at a Classical Brunch on Sunday, May 8, at the Birmingham Community House, 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham. Performers include the Cliff Monear Jazz Trio along with vocalists Lauren Skuce and her husband Dan Gross, cantor at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. Tickets range from $10 for the 1 p.m. concert only to $50 for brunch with preferred seating. Call 248-644-5832 or visit www.communityhouse.com.

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