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— In a weekend filled with festivals, Ferndale’s DIY Street Fair is the biggest — at least by numbers. Nearly 60 music acts will play on two stages situated on Troy Street east of Woodward Avenue and South of Nine Mile Road — including a reunion of Charm Farm on Friday, Sept. 16, and the Electric Six on Saturday, Sept. 17. Also performing are Child Bite, the Prime Ministers, American Mars, Chris Richards & the Subtractions, Amy Gore, Illy Mack and students from the Detroit School of Rock & Pop. DIY also includes a marketplace, a Restaurant Row and Beer Garden, and a Kids Zone. Visit www.diystreetfair for schedules and other information.

— Detroit rappers Ro Spit and Miz Korona will headline Sparkfest ’11, an all-day hip-hop festival taking place on two stages Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Pike Room and Vernors Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 after 9 p.m. on Saturday. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

— Flutist Alexander Zonjic & Friends will warm up for this weekend’s Flat Rock Riverfest with a performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

— Electronic music artist Phil Ranelin will join Detroit jazz heavyweights Marcus Belgrage and Wendell Harrison for the Tribe Showcase to close the Red Bull Academy of Music’s Motor City Frequencies program at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Flat 151, 151 W. Congress St., Ste. 600, Detroit. Admission is free. Visit www.redbullmusicacademy.com for more details.

— The Paul Keller Quintet, featuring vocalist and clarinetist Sara D’Angelo, opens the new season of B’Jazz Vespers at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the first Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates, Birmingham. Admission is free, and an afterglow follows the concert. Call 248-644-0550 or visit www.bjazzvespers.org.

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