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Concert Weekend: Stewart Francke, Bobby Murray Revue, Magpie Salute, festivals and more...
 

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

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After another round of health struggles, singer-songwriter Stewart Francke returns to the stage for a special performance Friday, Jan. 25, combining songs and spoken passages from his 2016 book "What Don't Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong." The show is at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Seventh St., Royal Oak. Tickets are $15 at 248-541-4100 or stewartfrancke.com.



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The Bobby Murray Revue plays "Love Letters to Etta," paying tribute to the guitarist's onetime employer, Etta James, on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $20; 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.



Tino G's Dumpster Machine and Brandon Calhoon team up at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills; $10, 248-858-9508 or atcallahans.com.



The 18th Ferndale Blues & Music Festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 25, running through Feb. 2 with shows at seven venues. Proceeds got to Ferndale Youth Assistance. Call 248-259-0058 or visit Ferndalebluesfestival.org.



Singer-songwriters Danny Cox and Brae team up for a pair of shows at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at 20 Front Street, Lake Orion; $20 at 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.







John "Doctor Dirty" Valby delivers his piano-pounding, not for the faint of heart act to at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets $28-$42 at 586-268-3200 or andiamoitalia.com/showroom.



Footwear and fashion maker Vans mounts a House of Vans Pop-Up, hosting performances (Danny Brown, Thundercat, Protomartyr), art installations, workshops and skating exhibitions through Sunday, Jan. 27, at the historic Jefferson School, 950 Selden St. in Detroit's West Midtown area. All details at HouseofVans.com.



The Magpie Salute, featuring several Black Crowes alumni, makes its way back to town Friday, Jan. 25, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m., $28-$43, 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.



Jazz saxophonist David Binney performs at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Free with museum admission, 313-833-9700 or dia.org.



Detroit singer-harpist Ahya Simone and Supercoolwicked perform Friday, Jan. 25, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets $10; 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



Contemporary folkie Serengeti performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Tickets $10 advance, $12 day of show, 313-961-4668 or pjslagerhouse.com.







Brandi Carlile, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborne, Gregory Alan Isakov, emcee Peter Mulvey and more perform at the The Ark's 42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium on the U-M campus. Tickets $42.50-$200 at 734-761-1818 or theark.org.



Soul stalwarts the Spinners return home for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets $28-$62 at 586-268-3200 or andiamoitalia.com/showroom.



The Suicide Machines with 1592 and the Dirty Notion bring some punk rock on Saturday, Jan. 26, to the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show at 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.



Candlebox guitarist Mike Leslie plays a solo show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Callahan's Music Hall, Auburn Hills; $20, 248-858-9508 or atcallahans.com.



The Crane Wives soar in from the west side of the stage for an 8 p.m. show Saturday, Jan. 26, at 20 Front Street, Lake Orion. Tickets $18, 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.



Will Sessions, Amp Fiddler and Dames Brown team up for a soulful night on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Magic Stick, Detroit. Black Noi$e opens. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets $15, 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs works by Shostakovich and Schumann at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Sunday's concert will be webcast via dso.org/live. Tickets $15-$100 at 313-576-5111 or dso.org.



The Native Howl from Leonard, Mich., mixes metal and bluegrass on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $18 at 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.



The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet and Belmont rock on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Ticets $25 advance, $30 day of show, 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



Atlanta R&B singer-songwriter Jaquees performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets $51, 313-887-8500 or musichall.org.



The Appleseed Collective plays a free brunch show at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, Ferndale. Dixon's Violin then performs at dinner time, 6 p.m. Tickets $10 advance, $15 day of show at 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.



MJ Live, which bills itself as the No. 1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world, moonwalks into Sound Board at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets $25-$37 at 313-237-7711 or motorcitycasino.com.



Landon Tewers from The Plot in You goes solo on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Ghost Atlas opens. Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.



British R&B singer Nao visits Sunday, Jan. 27, at Detroit's Majestic Theatre. Xavier Omar opens. Doors at 7 p.m. Ticket $25 advance, $30 day of show, 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



The Scott Gwinnell Trio hosts the 3rd Year Celebration of Aretha's Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Aretha's Jazz Cafe in Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Free admission. Call 313-887-8500 or visit musichall.org.

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