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Notable metro Detroit concerts, week of July 3-9

July 2, 2014

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press


Divine Playground Paint vs Foam Festival

EDM gets its moment in the summer sun with this outdoor fest in Pontiac, which promises "the world's largest foam cannons" and music from New York duo the Chainsmokers and Mad Decent's Caked Up, along with local artists including DJ Troublemakr

, Lady Leb and more. The Crystal Method and Midnight Conspiracy will lead the afterparty action inside the club after 9:30 p.m. ($10 or free with VIP fest ticket). 4 p.m., Elektricity Festival Grounds, 10 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. $30-$100.


Concert of Colors Tune Up

The full Concert of Colors won't rev up until next week in Midtown Detroit, but this warm-up concert in the park will get the world grooves flowing with Congolese-American musician Ricardo Lemvo and his Afro-Latin band Makina Loca, along with Chicago Afrobeat Project, catering to anyone who fell in love with the sounds of "Fela!" 8 p.m., New Center Park, Second at W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. 313-420-6000. Admission is free; cash bar and food available.


311 and the Wailers

You're not going to find these guys on the cover of Rolling Stone, but the prolific 311 remains one of modern rock's most dependable draws, regularly sending albums to the Top 10 (the self-released "Stereolithic" bowed at No. 6 in March)and pulling in solid concert crowds. This latest summer outing pairs the Nebraska band with reggae's Wailers in a double-headlining date where there's sure to be some smoke wafting through the air. 6 p.m., Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. 586-268-9700. $16-$49.50.


Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Fall Out Boy has barely paused for breath since bounding out of hiatus early last year; this is the Chicago quartet's third show here since then, though band members have promised a revamped set and stage production for this final cycle of "Save Rock and Roll" touring. Along for the co-headlining ride are Hayley Williams and Paramore, ensuring a long night of big pop hooks with just enough punk-guitar sizzle to keep things frisky. Opening is Danish trio New Politics. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $28.50-$68.50.


Gary Clark Jr.

This versatile, soulful singer-songwriter comes with Hendrix-inspired guitar chops and a well-studied blues-rock repertoire. But he isn't just your latest standard-issue roots revivalist: Clark is as apt to link up with hip-hop's Outkast as he is with Dr. John and Buddy Guy. After an opening gig with Kings of Leon at the Palace in February, this is Clark's biggest headlining date yet in metro Detroit. 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. 313-961-6358. $29.50.

Journey and Steve Miller Band

A pair of summertime's traditional big guns join forces for a journey through four decades of hits. In a concert season full of seemingly offbeat concert pairings, this one stands tall. 6:45 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $34.50-$125.


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