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Metro area concert weekend, Dec. 16-18

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Our own GRiZ (Birmingham Groves High School grad Grant Kwiecinski) is back for another round of GRiZmas shows, taking place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17-17, at Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit. Big Wild, Gosh Pith and Flint Eastwood join him on Friday, while Louis The Child, Sunsquabi and Freddy Todd perform on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $39.50 each night.

Call 313-832-7100 or visit themasonic.com.

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Local alternative rockers We Came As Romans play a special holiday show with As We Divide, For We Are Man and Behind the Silence on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19.89 in advance, $22 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Home For the Holidaze 14: Acoustic Showcase & Charity Drive features performances by Downtown Brown, the Picassos, Laura Mendoza and others at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit. The show is also collecting items for CARE Rescue, Kitty Rescue Army and Outcry Street Ministry. Admission is $5 with a can of people or pet food or a winter clothing item, or $6 without. Call 313-992-8560 or visit cadieuxcafe.com.

Mannheim Steamroller makes its annual holiday visit at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $30-$90. Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Country singers Cody Jinks and Ward Davis perform Friday, Dec. 16, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St. Detroit. Tickets are $22. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Detroit's Eachoes of Pink Floyd brings its laser light show to the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, on Saturday, Dec. 17. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-544-3030 or visit themagicbag.com.

Flint's hard-hitting King 810 takes I-75 south for a show Saturday at Saint Andrew's Hall. Tickets are $17.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

The Detroit Music Awards hosts its annual Blues Showcase on Sunday, Dec. 18, featuring the Delta Twins, Bubba Wilson & the Powerhouse, the Hatchetmen and Eric Goebel & the Flying Crowbars at 7 p.m. at O'Mara's Irish Pub, 2555 Twelve Mile Road, Berkley. Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the Detroit Music Awards Foundation. Call 248-399-6750 or visit detroitmusicawards.net.

Mike Mains, Rival Summers, Ellis and If Walls Could Talk suit up for the 2nd Annual Christmas Sweater Ball on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call 248-820-5596 or visit lovingtouchferndale.com.

Ontario's Strumbellas play their second metro area show in a bit over two weeks at the 93.9 The River Icebreaker Encore on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Saint Andrews Hall. Joseph and Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.39. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com. -- Gary Graff

For interviews with some of these and others playing the metro area during the next week, visit TheOaklandPress.com/Entertainment.

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