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Concert Weekend: Verve Pipe, Twiztid, Piano Guys, Jason Bonham and more...

By Gary Graff
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Michigan favorites the Verve Pipe plays a concert for a Cause, benefiting the charity Fund a Life!, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Young Pioneer opens. $29-$45. 248-399-2980 or royaloakmusictheatre.com.

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The rap Twiztid hosts its fifth annual Twiztmas Party -- with the Eastside Mashup, AXE, Kosha Dillz and more -- on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Crofoot Complex, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $1, or free with four canned goods. (248) 858-9333 or thecrofoot.com.

The local concept show "The Daedalus 2 Mission" celebrates the release of its companion album on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. $15. 248-546-3696 or lovingtouchferndale.com.

The Crane Wives head over from Grand rapids to play at 8:30 p.m. Friday night, Dec. 7, in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Chris Dupont opens. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

The Piano Guys return to blend pop and classical music on their Christmas Together Tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets start at $37.50. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Modern rockers the Front Bottoms and Manchester Orchestra team up on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. Shannen Moser opens. $32.50-$49.50. 313-961-5441 or thefilllmoredetroit.com.

Eve 6 celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-titled debut album on Friday, Dec. 7, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. Party Nails opens. $28.313-961-9358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Pianist Cyrus Chesnutt plays "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-576-5111 or dso.org. $24-$110. 313-576-5111 or dso.org.

Tom Morello, the guitar hero from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage, brings his Atlas Underground Experience to Detroit's El Club, 4114 Vernor Ave., at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. $49.50. elclubdetroit.com or theark.org.

Arabic pop singer Yasmine Hamdan performs as part of Friday Night Live! at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Free with admission. 313-833-7900 or dia.org.

The Ragbirds' annual Ebird and Friends Holiday Show runs through Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Ark, 316 Main St., Ann Arbor. $25-$50. 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Drummer Sean Dobbins and Friends play a Jazz Meets Dr. Seuss show at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in The Cube inside the Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. $12. 313-576-5111 or dso.org.

The Canadian Brass trumpets its best with a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Macomb Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. $24-$48. 586-286-2222 or macombcenter.com.

Guitar ace Gary Hoey brings his annual Ho! Ho! Hoey! Rockin' Holiday Show on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. $55 and $50. 248-858-9508 or atcallahans.com.

Philadelphia's Ghost Light rocks at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, Ferndale. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

Multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennet plays "Swing to Rock" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer, 194 W. Nepessing St. 810-664-4824 or centerfortheartslapeer.org.

Jason Bonham brings his Led Zeppelin Evening show to town Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fillmore Detroit. Doors at 6 p.m. $29.50-$75. 313-961-5441 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

The Stomp Rockets, Rocket 455, Audra Kubat, Eddie Baranek and more perform as part of Stirling's Rock N' Roll Birthday Show, benefiting Windsor's CJAM radio station, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit. $8. 313-873-1739 or nothernlightslounge.com.

Detroit guitar veteran Ron English celebrates the release of his new album "Dance/Cry/Dance" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Trinospheres, 1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit. $10. 313-737-6606 or trinospheres.com.

Lucinda Williams joins Charles Lloyd & the Marvels for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. $40-$54. 734-668-8397 or michtheater.org.

Ingrid Michaelson and her trio play a Songs for the Season show, with Nenna Nicholls opening, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. $59.50-$69.50. 248-399-2980 or royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Will Downing sings the Soulful Sounds of Christmas, with Eric Benet guesting, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $37-$50. 313-309-4700 or soundboarddetroit.com.

Rapper Riitz brings his Top Shelf Tour to Detroit's Saint Andrews Hall on Sunday, Dec. 9. Doors at 7 p.m. $28. 313-961-9358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin, with Vilray, performs Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Ark in Ann Arbor. $21 and $51. 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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