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Local artists host benefits, Halloween shows

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Some of the Detroit area's best music acts are banding together for a few special events this weekend. To wit...

* Pontiac's Crofoot Ballroom hosts its annual Creepy Cheapy Halloween Treat 666 on Friday, Oct. 24, with various bands and performers "dressing up" as some of their favorites -- Ana as Nirvana, for instance, as well as members of Dryvel and Coccia as blink-182, the Walking Beat as Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Strangers as the Killers, the School of Rock Rochester students as Spinal Tap and more. The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* A Motown vs. Techno Silent DJ Disco Party will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at the new Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME). Modeled after DJs Linda Lexy (Motown) and Terrence Parker (Techno), along with Mike E. Clark will spin while patrons will listen to the music via wireless headphones rather over a noisy PA -- meaning you can talk when you're not dancing and actually hear each other. Costumes are encouraged for the party, which begins at 9 p.m. DIME is located at 1256 Griswold St. in downtown Detroit. Admission is $25, with a portion of the proceeds going to Detroit Central City Community Health. Call 313-223-1600 or visit www.dime-detroit.com.

* Singer-songwriters Josh White, Jr., Reverend Robert Jones, Kitty Donohoe, Jen Cass, Mike Ball and Annie and Rod Capps will perform as part of the Concert For Lost Voices benefit on Saturday, Oct. 25. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College campus, 4800 E. Huron Drive, Ann Arbor. Tickets range from $15-$50, with proceeds going to Lost Voices, an Ann Arbor non-profit that uses music to help incarcerated and at-risk youths. Call 734-973-3450 or visit www.lostvoices.org for more information.

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