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Music Weekend: Crofoot outdoors, Weezer, the Accidentals, Staind, more ...

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

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With concerts gradually coming back into play, Pontiac's Crofoot complex is revving up again outside.

As it did last fall, the venue will host a series of shows at the Crofoot Festival Grounds in municipal parking lot No. 9 at Pike and Saginaw streets. Mt. Joy and Michigander open the season on Friday, May 7, with Liquid Stranger on Saturday, May 8. Gates for both open at 6 p.m.

Concerts are booked through July with more expected to be added.

The shows were originally scheduled for River Station Detroit, a planned new venue in the city that was scuttled by logistic challenges.

Tickets at the Festival Grounds are sold for about 400 socially distanced square pods that seat four or six people, making the largest concert gatherings in the metro area since the pandemic began. A contactless system will be set up for food and drink orders, and masks will be required except when eating or drinking.

Tickets and updates are available via thecrofoot.com.

More weekend music recommendations (all subject to change):

Venom Of Virtual, Fatal Conceit, Kiljin and Red Brick Road will play a special Save Our Stages 1 concert Friday, May 7, at Diesel Concerts Detroit, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township. Doors at 7 p.m. $10 admission; 586-933-3503 or dieselconcerts.com.

Singer-songwriter and "Waitress" stage composer Sara Bareilles streams a Hollywood Bowl concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, via her YouTube channel.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jader Bignamini is in town for a pair of virtual performances this weekend at Orchestra Hall Haydn and Schubert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and with guest violinist Midori at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Tickets are $12 for each concert, via dso.org.

The Metropolitan Opera Theatre brings its "Happy Mother's Day" week to a close with three archival streaming performances: Berg's "Wozzek" from January 2020 on Friday, a 2009 presentation of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" on Saturday, May 8; and Handel's "Agrippina," from February 2020, on Sunday, May 9. all 7:30 p.m. via metopera.org.

The Detroit Institute of Arts hosts "Mongolian Melody," a concert by the Morin Khuur Center at 8 p.m. Friday as part of its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. The show streams on the DIA's YouTube channel. More information via dia.org.

Weezer celebrates its latest album and second this year "Van Weezer" with a virtual release party at 8 p.m. Friday. Tune in via livexlive.com.

The String Cheese Incident streams its 2011 concert from Michigan's Electric Forest Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, free via nugs.net.

Richard Marx and his band play live at 8 p.m. Friday via a network of online services and cable/satellite providers. Get the rundown at stream.richardmarx.com.

Dead and Company revisits its January 2020 concerts in Cancun at 9 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday. Tickets via nugs.net.

Queen Nation pays tribute to who else Queen at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Michael McDonald presents "Home Alone 3: Yo Mama Be There" (Mother's Day weekend, get it?) at 9 p.m. Friday, with a VIP encore at 10:30. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

Punk rock troupe MxPx plays a "Between This World and the Next" concert at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets via mxpx.com.

Van Morrison celebrates his new album, "Latest Record Project: Volume 1" at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 from Real World Studios in Bath, England. Tickets via nugs.net.

Staind performs its multiplatinum 2001 album "Break the Cycle" in its entirety at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets via StaindLive.com.

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall document the making of their new album, "The Marfa Tapes," at 7 p.m. Saturday via Lambert's official Facebook page.

Nativity In Black plays tribute to Black Sabbath on Saturday at Diesel Concerts Detroit, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township. Doors at 7 p.m.; 586-933-3503 or dieselconcerts.com.

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit returns to the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St. Pontiac. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students; 313-335-3300 or CMSDetroit.org.

The RFD Boys stream live for the Ark's Family Room Series at 8 p.m. Saturday via Facebook Live. Donations go to the band and venue, theark.org.

Jimmy Buffett rolls out an archival show from Toronto at 8 p.m. Saturday, free via nugs.net.

The operatic vocal quartet Il Divo streams a special Mother's Day weekend concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, previewing songs from its upcoming album, "For Once In My Life: A Celebration of Motown." Tickets eticket.events/ildivo.

Detroit jazz drummer Gayelynn McKinney leads McKinney Zone through a show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday from the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor. Tickets via stageit.com.

Dionne Warwick celebrates Mother's Day with another "At Home With You" concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, repeating at 8 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com. For an interview with Warwick visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

Dixon's Violin, the Keynote Sisters and Gasoline Gypsies team up for a live show at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion. Tickets via Eventbrite and the venue's Facebook page.

Traverse City trio the Accidentals celebrates its new EP, "Time Out (Session 1)" with a virtual release party at 8 p.m. Sunday. The group will be joined by co-writers Kim Richey, Maia Sharp, Dar Williams and Tom Paxton. Tickets via theaccidentalsmusic.com. For an interview with the band visit theoaklandpress.com/entertainment.

"What's Going On: Marvin Gaye's Anthem for the Ages:" The CNN special, airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 9, examines Gaye's classic Motown album 50 years later in the context of society now as well as back then.

Blues-rock guitarist Ana Popovic will be onstage at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35; 735-513-5030 or thetokenloung.com.

Sarah Jarosz performs from Brooklyn, N.Y., at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring "The Blue Heron Suite." Tickets via watch.mandolin.com.

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