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Homegrown Happenings: Boogie Woogie, Hard Rock and more...

By Gary Graff
Of the Oakland Press

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Ann Arbor pianist Mark “Mr. B” Braun’s annual Blues and Boogie Celebration is a highly anticipated spring ritual, and the festival turns 10 this year with two nights (Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th) of 88-key bliss at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. This year’s bill includes fellow local veteran Bob Seeley, along with Chicago’s Ken Saydak and British-born Carl “Sonny” Leyland. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Friday’s show is $27.50, Saturday’s is $30. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Blues-rock guitarist and bandleader Howard Glazer rolls out his new album, “Liquor Store Legend,” at 9:30 Friday (April 13th) at the New Place Lounge, 22723 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. There is no cover. Call (313) 277-3035 or visit www.howardglazer.com.

Local headbangers Ray Street Park celebrate the release of their new album, “King of Everything,” with a free show on Saturday (April 14th) at Joe’s Primetime, 27845 Fort St., Gibraltar. Underland and Overloaded open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call (734) 675-2725 or visit www.raystreetpark. com.

Brazilian music will be the focus of this month’s edition of B’Jazz Vespers, which takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday (April 15th) at the First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. (at Bates), Birmingham. Vocalist April Tini will be backed by pianist Matt Michaels, vibraphonist Rob Pipho, bassist Dan Jordan and drummer David Taylor. Admission is free, though a collection will be taken for the musicians. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.firstbaptistbirmingham. org.

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