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— Rochester’s School of Rock is planning a packed weekend of shows at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, the students will present The Big Four, featuring the metal of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Before & After will feature punk and new wave at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, while the Grunge Show will relive ’90s Seattle and beyond at 6 that evening. The British Invasion plays at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, followed by a Led Zeppelin tribute at 6 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $10. Callahan’s is at 2105 South Blvd. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

— Local groups the Grunyons, the Paisley Fogg and 2 Dayz Gone will be Jammin’ To End Famine at the 2011 edition of the annual event, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 19801 Farmington Road, Livonia. The evening also includes a free pizza dinner and face painting by Funtastic Faces. Proceeds go to Kids Against Hunger, which helps feed children in the United States and around the world. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Call 248-722-1820 or visit www.kidsagainsthungercoalition.com.

— Western Michigan band Domestic Problems plays one of its periodic reunion shows Friday, May 13, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Crashing Cairo also will perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

— Vocalist Meri Slaven and the Metro Jazz Voices will perform at this month’s B’Jazz Vespers concert, which takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates in downtown Birmingham. Admission is free, although a collection will be taken for the musicians. Call 248-644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham.org.

— Some 45 student musicians and singers, ages 7 to 17, will present “Motown: The Detroit Years,” a revue highlighting the famed label’s hits from 1969-72 at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Freedom Center, 2473 W. Shiawassee Road, Fenton. The 90-minute show, produced by A Joyful Noise Music studio, will include Motown staples such as “Heat Wave,” “I Want You Back,” “My Girl” and more. Advance tickets are $10 for children and seniors and $12 for those over 13; at the door all seats will be $15. Call 810-373-4030.

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