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Concert Weekend: Toys 4 Tots benefit, Gary Hoey, Thornetta Davis, Gwar and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Local blues favorites the Boa Constrictors, the Delta Twins, Stomp Box, the Detroit Soul Revue and more play the 7th Annual Toys 4 Tots fundraiser at 4 p.m. Sunday at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Admission is $10 or a new, unwrapped toy of that value or more. Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.

Also Playing:

• Guitar hero Gary Hoey brings his high-octane Ho Ho Hoey show to Callahan’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $50. Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.

• Guitar virtuoso Kaki King plays an intimate show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at The Cube in the Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $15 and $49. Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org.

• Teddie Gibson plays the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ for a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Tickets are $5. Call 313-537-2560 or visit redfordtheatre.com.

• Former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford brings the noise Friday, Dec. 8, to Harpo’s, 14238 Harper Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 313-824-1700 or visit harposconcerttheater.com.

• The Great Light Concert featuring musicians David McMurray, Louis Resto, Ron Otis and more, along with a sermon by Rev. Faith Fowler, tkaes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the Cass Community United Methodist Church, 3901 Cass Ave. Admission is $10. Call (313) 833-7730 or visit casscommunity.org.

• The Ragbirds’ family-friendly Ebird & Friends holiday show runs through Saturday, Dec. 9, with two shows that day at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Ark, 316. S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15-$80. Call 734-761-1800 or visit theark.org.

• Montreal DJ Snails brings his new stage show “The Shell” to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., on Saturday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

• Jazz drumming legend Harvey Mason performs with the MSU Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the First Congregational Church of Detroit, 33 E. Forest Ave. Admission is free. Call 313-831-4080 or visit thecarrcenter.org.

• Recently disbanded local favorites Free Beer reunited for a 16th BeerMas! show at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the New Way Bar, 23130 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Domino Effect will also perform. Cover is $5. Call 248-541-9870 or visit thenewwaybar.com.

• Violinist Damien Escobar, back from retirement, plays Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$125. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

• Perennial Detroit diva favorite Thornetta Davies performs with the Motor City Symphony at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. Fourteen Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $30, with a $60 dinner-and-concert package. Call 586-268-3200 or visit andiamoitalia.com.

• Singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul is back for another show on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

• Singer Will Downing brings his Soulful Sounds of Christmas show, with Avery Sunshine, to town at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $35-$50. Call (866) 782-0622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

• The Motor City Brass Band plays a Sounds of the Season concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Art Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Tickets are $19 and $12 and free for children 12 and under. Call 313-943-2350 or visit mcbb.org.

• Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday mixes both seasonal and Great White Way favorites at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $19.50-$44.50. Call 313-471-6611 or visit 313Presents.com.

• Horror rockers Gwar go for the jugular with He Is Legend on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $28 and $35. Call 313-833-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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