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Concert Weekend: Roots, Ratt, Rhythm Corps, Billy Strings and more...

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

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The Roots take a break from Jimmy Fallon and NBC's "Tonight" show to bring its Holiday Tour to town Friday, Dec. 27, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. Phony and PPL open. Tickets $59.50-$125.50 at 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

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The Michigan Rattlers come from Up North to play Friday, Dec. 27, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful and Dean Alexander are also on the bill. Doors at 8 p.m.; $20, 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

Local alt.rock troupe Shortly is back home on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Antighost, the True Blue and others are also on the bill. Doors at 7 p.m. $12. 248-820-5596 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.

The Clarkston rock trio Lochaven celebrates the release of its debut album Friday, Dec. 27, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot complex, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors at 8 p.m. Voluntary cover charge. 248-858-9333 or thecrofoot.com.

The Grand Rapids fusion troupe Earth Radio visits at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. Aaron Brooks opens. Tickets $18, 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.

Michigan music legend Muruga Steve Booker celebrates his 77th birthday with a guest-filled Cosmic Boogie at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the Token Lounge, 28940 Joy Road, Westland. Tickets $10, 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.

Michigan-born Americana sensation Billy Strings is back for a pair of sold-out shows Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Marysville's Every Avenue celebrates the season close to home with a show Friday, Dec. 27, at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Signature Mistakes and John Kay & Who's to Say also perform. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Mick Gavin's Crossroads Ceili is at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor for shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28. Tickets $27-$37, with dinner options; 734-761-1818 or visit theark.org.

Detroit rockers Wilson perform a farewell show on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door. Messenger Birds, Red Stone Souls and Ladysse open. Info at 248-858-9333 or thecrofoot.com.

"American Idol" Season 9 champ Lee DeWyze drops into Lake Orion's 20 Front Street at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Tickets $25-$70; 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.

Polka Floyd will make you wish you were there at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, 545 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $12 advance, $14 at the door; 248-291-6160 or otussupply.com.

The 80s tribute group Rockstar holds its 'Tis the Reason for the Cheezin' Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Magic Bag, Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $12 at 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes its annual pyrotechnic-filled visit to Detroit's Little Caesars Arena at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Tickets $49.50 and up; 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Detroit veterans Rhythm Corps find "Common Ground" once more in its annual holiday reunion show on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Saint Andrew's Hall. Corktown Popes open. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 at 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Ratt rocks on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Fillmore Detroit, joined by local favorites Artificial Agent and Dead in 5. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $10-$99.50 at 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Indie rockers Trace of Lime crank it out Friday, Dec. 27, in the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave. The Doozers and Doctor Daisy also play. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $10 at 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Crazy Babies and Motorbreath pay tribute to Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead, respectively, on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Token Lounge, Westland. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $15 at 734-513-5030 or thetokenlounge.com.

Seattle's Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio performs Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Magic Bag, Ferndale, with Sasha & Kesswa opening. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $20 at 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

Gemini's San Slomovits and his daughter Emily team up at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Ark in Ann Arbor, joined by Jacob Warren and Brian Brill. Tickets $20 at 734-761-1818 or visit theark.org.

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