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Homecomings highlight the holiday concert weekend

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Home is where the heart is for a couple of Motor City music favorites, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this weekend. Uncle Kracker brings his brand of countryfied pop on Friday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. On Saturday, Nov. 26 reunited Rhythm Corps and Sponge, playing its "Rotting Pinata" album in its entirety, take the stage. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

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It'll be hard rock holiday when In Flames, Hellyeah and From Ashes To new bring their Forged In Fire Tour to town Friday night, Nov. 25, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Door open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 in advance, $38 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Saginaw guitar hero Larry McCray finishes his run of Thanksgiving homecoming shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26 at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Thornetta Davis will be his special guest on Friday, with fellow guitar legend Jim McCartney jamming on Saturday. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.

Covers band the Mega 80s and Boogie Dynamite team up for a pair of holiday weekend parties Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-544-3030 or visit themagicbag.com.

Canadian rapper Tory Lanez brings his I Told You So Tour to Detroit's Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., on Friday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Local Americana favorite American Mars celebrates the release of its fourth album, "Chasing Vapor," with Nick Piunti & R.A.D. and Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Admission is $10. Call 313-961-4668 or visit pjslagerhouse.com.

JJ Grey & MOFRO bring soulful Southern fun to town Saturday, Nov. 26, at Saint Andrews Hall. Parker Milsap also plays. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and her 24 Karat Gold Tour come to town, with the Pretenders also on the bill, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75. Tickets are $49-$150. Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Veteran Detroit R&B singer Thornetta Davis celebrates the release of her new album, "Honest Woman," with special guests at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $30 general admission, $60 VIP. Call 313-997-8500 or visit musichall.org.

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, accompanied by an orchestra, play Christmas favorites at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Fox Theatre 2211 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25-$125. Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com. -- Gary Graff

Canadian singer-rapper PartyNextDoor, along with Jeremiah, plays Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$64. Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com. -- Gary Graff

For interviews with these and other artists playing in the metro area during the next week, visit TheOaklandPress.com/Entertainment.

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