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Concert Weekend: Ariana Grande, Mott the Hoople, Michael On Fire, Marshall Crenshaw and more...
 

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

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Ariana Grande brings her No. 1 album, "Thank U, Next," and plenty of social buzz as her Sweetener World Tour plays at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena. Normani and Social House open. Tickets $64.95 and up. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.



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World-renowned steel-pan percussionist Andy Narell, in residence this week at Oakland University, plays a pair of special performances on Friday, April 5 a Children's Concert at 10 a.m. ($6) and a World Music Ensembles series show at 7 p.m. ($8), both in the Varner Recital Hall on campus; 248-370-2030 or oakland.edu/mtd.



Bee Gees Gold plays tribute to the hit-making sibling trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Macomb Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township; $43-$58; 586-286-2222 or macombcenter.com.



Break on through to the other side with the Doors tribute band Peace Frog, playing Friday, April 5, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m.; $15; 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.



The Steely Dan tribute Major Dudes pays homage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; $10 advance, $15 at the door; 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.



Singer-songwriters Shannon LaBrie and Alicia Michilli team up at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion; $20; 248-783-7105 or visit 20frontstreet.com.



British indie rockers Delta Sleep, with Gleemer and Bogues, play Friday, April 5 at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 7 p.m.; $13; 248-820-5596 or lovingtouchferndale.com.



Mott the Hoople returns to town for the first time since 1974 on Friday, April 5, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m.; $25-$250; 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.



The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Pops has a busy weekend, playing "The Big 80s" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, and "Classic Broadway" at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave.; 313-576-5111 or dso.org.



Cellist Zoe Keating performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in The Cube at the Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; $15 and $49; 313-576-5111 or dso.org.



The Midnight Violet Days play Friday, April 5, at El Club, 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $22 day of show. Elclubdetroit.com.



The Token Lounge in Westland hosts a pair of blues-rockers this weekend Anthony Gomes on Friday, April 5 ($15 advance, $20 day of show), and the Danielle Nicole Band on Saturday, April 6 ($20). Showtime is 7 p.m. for both. It's at 28949 Joy Road, 734-513-5030 and thetokenlounge.com.



Willie Nile rocks at 8 p.m Friday, April 5, at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; $20; 734-761-1800 or theark.org.



Adrian Belew, who played with King Crimson, Talking Heads David Bowie and more, performs Saturday, April 6, at the Magic Bag, Ferndale. Saul Zonana opens. Doors at 8 p.m.; $30; 258-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.



Old Friends: A Simon & Garfunkel Tribute re-creates the duo's legendary 1983 Central Park concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Macomb Center, Clinton Township; $43-$58; 586-286-2222 or macombcenter.com.







Michael On Fire plays a special show Saturday, April 6, with Billy Brandt, Maruga Booker, David Reinstein and Harry Ovakimian at the Trinity House Theatre, 38840 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia. $20 general admission, $17 for subscribers; 734-464-6302 or trinityhousetheatre.org.



The Detroit trio Brother Elsey plays at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Parliament Room in Otus Supply, Ferndale; $12 advance, $15 at the door; 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.



Conan Gray, fresh off an opening stint for Panic! At the Disco, plays his own show Saturday, April 6, at the Loving Touch, Ferndale. Doors at 7 p.m.; $18.50; 248-820-5596 or lovingtouchferndale.com.



Mark Pasman's Pazman Super Session with Darryl Pierce, Joe Stanley, Scott Zanni Mike Berger and more plays the blues at 11 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, 23722 Jefferson Ave., Saint Clair Shores. No cover; 586-498-3000 or FishbonesUSA.com.



Will Nance, Mark Barnowski and others are part of a Nashtown Songwriters in the Round show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion; $20; 248-783-7105 or visit 20frontstreet.com.



Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and Redman, along with promised "special guests," visit the Fillmore Detroit on Saturday, April 6. Doors at 8 p.m.; $55-$125; 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.



Jazzy Louisiana upstart Quiana Lynell celebrates her debut album, "A Little Love" with a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in The Cube at the Fisher Music Center, Detroit; $15 and $49; 313-576-5111 or dso.org.



Manic Focus, from Minnesota's Twin Cities, will keep the beats pumping Saturday, April 6, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Kill Paris and Flats Stanlie are also on the bill. Doors at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $23 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Ark, Ann Arbor. Sista Strings opens; $20; 734-761-1800 or theark.org.



Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt plays on his own Sunday, April 7, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. Sold out. 313-961-8961 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.



The all-star septet the Cookers plays at 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Aretha's Jazz Cafe in the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; $40; 313-887-8500 or musichall.org.







Berkley native Marshall Crenshaw rolls in with the Bottle Rockets for a show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at The Ark, Ann Arbor. $25. 734-761-1800 or theark.org.

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