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Concert Weekend: Wu-Tang Clan, Rob Thomas, Anderson.Paak, Machine Gun Kelly and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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After rocking last year's Movement Electronic Music Festival, rap collective Wu-Tang Clan continues the 25th anniversary tour for its debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," with a return visit on Friday, May 31, at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., at Schoenherr, Sterling Heights. Tickets $29.50 and up. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.



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• The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix has plenty of music to compete with the roar of engines this weekend. Free Prix Day on Friday, May 31, has performances starting at 11:45 a.m. by the Gasoline Gypsies, Cast Iron Cornbread, the Band Mint and Young Pioneer. Grand Prix ticketholders will see Battle Creek country star Frankie Ballard at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Stone Temple Pilots — with Mount Clemens' Jeff Gutt out front — at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2. More info at DetroitGP.com.







• The tribute trio Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered plays the favorites at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. Tickets $25 at 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.



• Flint's versatile Covert Operations plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 day of show. Call 248-291-6160 or visit otussupply.com.



• Punk rock veterans the Damned storm in to play Friday, May 31, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. The Detroit Cobras open. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $23 and $50; call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.



• Mr. Big and Racer X veteran Paul Gilbert plays Friday, May 31, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $25; call 734-513-5030 or visit thetokenlounge.com.



• Toronto's Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs perform with Detroit's Craig Brown Band on Friday, May 31, at El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show. Visit elclubdetroit.com.



• Ypsilanti troubadour Adam Plomaritas plays at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets $15 at 734-761-1451 or theark.org.



• matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas brings his latest solo tour to town at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Abby Anderson opens. Tickets $33 and up. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.



• Michigan favorites Steppin' In It with Rachael Davis has one of its periodic reunions at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show; 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.



• Local favorites Tosha Owens and Raye Williams team up for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. Tickets $18. Call 248-783-7105 or visit 20frontstreet.com.



• Fresh off a co-starring role in Netflix's "The Dirt" as well as a feud with Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly performs Saturday, June 1, at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets $25-$59.50; call 248-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.



• Tom Joyner kicks off the inaugural season of the rechristened Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre (formerly Chene Park), 2600 Atwater St. at Chene, with his One More Time Experience at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Pavilion is sold out; remaining lawn tickets are $42. Call 313-393-0292 or visit thearetha.com.



• Audio Birds, Planet D Nonet and Ian Finkelstein will perform at the 4th Annual Rent Party benefitting Lighthouse and South Oakland Shelter on Saturday evening, June 1, at the former Stanley Kresge estate in Detroit’s Arden Park-East Boston Historical District. Tickets $125, and VIP at $500. Visit southoaklandshelter.org.



• Led Zeppelin 2 pays homage on Saturday, June 1, at Saint Andrew's Hall, Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets $18 and $30. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.



• For those whose feet weren't worn out at Movement, Goopsteppa — along with Knight.Shields.Pause spins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets $10 at 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



• Blues and rock singer Eliza Neals and her Narcotics come home for a show with Rattlesnake Shake on Saturday, June 1, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $10; 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.



• Singer-songwriter Morgan James shows some "Reckless Abandon" (her latest album) at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets $20; 734-761-1451 or theark.org.



• Genre-blending Anderson.Paak & the Free Nationals rolls in for a show at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Jessie Reyez and Thundercat open. Tickets $29.50 and up; 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.



• The rocking Minnesota duo Remo Drive cranks it out Sunday, June 2, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 7 p.m., $15; 248-546-3696 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.







• Trumpet legend Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective, with guest vocalist Quiana Lynell and Ledisi, will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for "The Movie Music of Spike Lee," highlighting scores Blanchard has written for Lee's films at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave. Detroit. Tickets $19-$99. The concert will be followed by a free screening of Lee's Academy Award-nominated "BlackKkKlansman" at 6:30 p.m. in The Cube at the Fisher Music Center. Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org.



• Toronto's Allan Rayman stops on Sunday, June 2, at El Club, Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m., $25 advance, $30 day of show; eclubdetroit.com.



• Veteran singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff plays a visit to Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, for a show at the Ark. Tickets $30; 734-761-1451 or theark.org.

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