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Holiday weekend -- and beyond -- filled up with special local shows

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Some special shows are dotting the holiday season calendar in the coming days:

* Hounds Below, Almost Free, the Jet Rodriguez and Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment will perform at Nardo Turns 13, a fundraiser for the MusicCares Foundation's dental clinic for local musicians. The free show takes place Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Special T-shirts will be sold to benefit MusicCares. Call 248-546-3644 or visit the venue's Facebook page.

* Extended members of the Insane Clown Posse crew -- including the Hatchet Family, Bizarre, King Gordy and Prozak -- will perform at the Big Ballas X-Mas Party on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 Congress St., Detroit. There will also be JCW Wrestling matches and an acoustic show by Zug Island in the Shelter. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.insaneclownposse.com.

* Dennis Forbes, the popular local musician and co-frontman of the country group the Forbes Brothers who passed away last month, will be saluted with an open jam tribute show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Mr. B's, 48550 Van Dyke Road in Shelby Township, which he co-owned. 2XL and DJ Butthfingz will helm the evening, with a number of local musicians and friends expected to troop onstage. Cover is $5 with proceeds will be donated to D-PAN. Call 586-731-0700 or visit www.mrbsshelby.com.

* Bass Debauchery's 3rd Annual Holiday Bash will feature performances by Cybernetik R3volt, [cq] Octiv, Calico, Vanisher and more on Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $15 at the door. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

* The Hard Lessons will hold its 7th Annual Post-Christmas Blowout on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, with the Thornbills, Mad Orange and Woodman also performing. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com. The Hard Lessons will also perform at 4 p.m. that day at UHF Records, 512 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak. Call 248-545-5955.

* The Detroit music charity Ben's Encore will be the recipient of the Sights' Christmas Waltz, a jamboree-style gathering of local artists taking place Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Performers will include Katie Grace, Danny Methric, the Muggs' Tony Denardo, Sisters of YOur Sunshine Vapor, Kenny Tudrick and many others. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $8. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.themajestic.com.

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