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Concert Weekend: A2 Blues Festival, Hootie & the Blowfish, Papa Roach, The Alarm and more...
 

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

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The Ann Arbor Blues Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with performances by the Kinsey Report, Laith Al-Saadi, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers, Bernard Allison and more, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16-18 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. $40-$375. a2bluesfestival.com.



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Hootie & the Blowfish, on its first tour in a decade, and Barenaked Ladies perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. $39.50 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.







Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoennherr Road, Sterling Heights. $29.50 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.



Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats brings his own band to town for a show on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. $20. 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.



The Crystal Method brings its brand of EDM back on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors at 9 p.m. $15. (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.



It'll be loud at Saint Andrew's Hall on Friday night, Aug. 16, when Neurosis, Bell Witch and Deaf Kids bring the heavy. 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $28. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com



Why? and Anna Burch will keep the dance floor full on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Magic Bag, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.



Singer-songwriter's Amy Petty and Adam Plomaritas play at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. $18. 734-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.



Genre-blending guitar hero Robben Ford plays at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $48. 734-761-1800 or theark.org.



Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida join forces at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. $25 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.



Annie Bosko, Matt Bell and others will be part of A Night in Nashville at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion. $15. 734-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.



The hard-driving Mighty Mighty Bosstones bring a ska party to town Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors at 7 p.m. $25-$55. 248-399-2980 or royaloakmusictheatre.com.



The Alarm, Modern English and Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel bring the 80s back, and beyond, on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Saint Andrew's Hall, Detroit. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $29.50. 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.







The Thomas McClary Commodores Experience will turn Detroit's Beacon Park (Grand River and Cass avenues) into a brick house on Saturday, Aug. 17. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. DTEBeaconPark.com.



La Shaun phoenix Moore -- joined by singer-songwriter Peter Collins and DJ Stacye J -- hosts Poetry Slam Unplugged at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in The Cube at the Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. $10-$35. 313-576-5100 or dso.org.



Mark Rose of Spitalfield and Ryan Dunson of Rookie of the Year are together on Friday, Aug. 16, at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $10. 313-961-4668 or pjslagerhouse.com.



Singer-songwriter Matt Wertz performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Ark, Ann Arbor. $20. 734-761-1800 or theark.org.



Megadeth bassist David Ellefson comes to own with his Bassstory 2019 show on Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 7 p.m. $20. 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.



The Del McCoury Band offers a night of bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at The Ark, Ann Arbor. $48-$75. 734-761-1800 or theark.org.

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