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A dozen show picks for Thanksgiving Eve

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Next perhaps to New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day, the night before Thanksgiving is the busiest party night of the year.

The combination of a long weekend and homecomings effectively gets people in the mood to get out before a day of big meals, football and, if the mood strikes, early Black Friday shopping.

So not surprisingly, Wednesday night (Nov. 23) is filled with cool shows for nightlife fans to tap into, with no real, er, turkeys among them. Here's a quick look at a dozen of the night's best...

British singer Morrissey, whose 2013 visit to the Royal Oak Music Theatre wound up with him in William Beaumont Hospital, returns to the venue, 318 W. Fourth St., on Wednesday, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 in advance, $55 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Smiths United -- paying homage to Morrissey's old band -- joins fellow tribute groups Re-Cure (the Cure) and Music For The Masses (Depeche Mode) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit themagicbag.com.

Saginaw bluesman Larry McCray & Friends, featuring Thornetta Davis 8 p.m. at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.

Up for some laughs? Ten comics will take part in the L.A. Express Comedy Challenge at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.

Detroit rapper Danny Brown hosts his Bruiser Thanksgiving 3 in the Fountain Ballroom at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit. Tickets are $32 in advance, $40 day of show. Call 313-832-7100 or visit themasonic.com.

Hot-buzzed singer Eryn Allen Kane performs in The Chapel inside the Masonic Temple. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19 in advance, $25 day of show.

Onetime Detroit favorites Natives of the New Dawn regroup for the first time in three yeas at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Feral Ground and DJ C-Bass also perform. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

The Celtic troupe Stone Clover get their Irish on at The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Tickets are $15. Call 248-546-3696 or visit thelovingtouchferndale.com.

All Good Records hosts its monthly The Family Affair party at 9 p.m. at El Club, 4114 Vernor Highway, Detroit. Tickets are $20. visit elclubdetroit.com.

Pianist Alvin Waddles begins a three-night stand (Thursday excepted) with 6 and 8:30 p.m. performances at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Call 313-882-5299 or visit dirtydogjazz.com.

London DJ Max Tolfrey and Detroit's Ataxia spin starting at 8 p.m. at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St., Detroit. Tickets are $7 until 11 p.m, $10 after. Call 313-338-3674 or visit the Marble Bar's Facebook page.

Hip-hop MC Nique Love Rhodes and his NLR Experience teams with rockers Two Cheers at 9 p.m. at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit.

Call 313-961-4668 or visit pjslagerhouse.com.

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