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Homegrown Happenings: Pumpkin Jam, Malik Alston, The Sillies, Paul Carey

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Ferndale’s Magic Bag will host three of Detroit’s most active “jam” bands — Back Forty, Jam Samich and Covert Operations — at Friday's (Oct. 26) Pumpkin Jam 2007. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $7. The Magic Bag is at 22920 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

Detroit electronic and R&B artist Malik Alston will hold another release party for his latest album, “This Music is Life,” as well as a joint birthday party with bandmate Craig Huckaby, at 10 p.m. Friday (Oct. 26) at the Buzz Bar, 546 E. Larned St., Detroit. Alston and his Linwood Ensemble will perform, along with Dwayne Jensen and Norm Talley. Admission is $5. Call (313) 962-1800 or visit www.buzzdetroit.com.

Detroit rockers the Sillies will headline a pre-Halloween bash that also includes 12 Pole Creek and a midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture” show on Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call (313) 961-4668 or visit www.lagerhousedetroit. com.

Local guitarist Paul Carey will host his First Annual Halloween Ball as part of a regular fall series of live music at 8 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 28) at Dylan’s, 15402 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Carey will be joined by a Detroit all-star crew featuring keyboardist Shawn McDonald, trumpeter James O’Donnell and a rhythm section of Mike Marshall on bass and RJ Spangler on drums. Admission is $20. Call (313) 884-6030, ext. 3.

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