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Notable metro Detroit concerts, week of July 31-Aug. 6

July 30, 2014

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press

July 30--Thursday

Rock 'N' Blues Fest

The death earlier this month of guitar legend Johnny Winter left this tour without its headlining artist. Stepping up to ensure a proper tribute is younger brother Edgar Winter, who has promised that he and the bill's other acts -- Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (ex-Rare Earth) and Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) -- will honor the late guitarist. DTE is opening night for the monthlong outing. 7:30 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $15-$35.



The "American Idol" third-season winner has gone on to enjoy one of the show's most fruitful music careers, applying her unique soul voice to a series of top-selling albums. "Side Effects of You" is the latest, and will lead her to Chene Park with adult-urban newcomer George Tandy Jr. in the opening slot. 8 p.m., Chene Park Amphitheatre, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. 313-393-7128. $32-$100.

Kings of Leon

Six months after playing the Palace, the Followill family is back for another round of anthemic, Southern-fueled rock grandeur. You can never be quite sure what you're going to get with this combustible quartet -- the band's on- and off-stage antics are notorious -- but when they're clicking, it can be worth the patience. With Young the Giant, Kongos and Ashes of Soma. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $29.50-$69.50.


Backpack Music Festival

The Backpack fest is Detroit techno's hometown picnic: The eighth annual edition of the Belle Isle event brings a daylong DJ lineup that includes Juan Atkins, Derrick Thompson, Chuck Flask, John Jammin Collins and Little Rob Martinez, and live performances by Amp Fiddler, Michael Turner and Britney Stoney.New to the proceedings this year is the Kids Got Talent Stage, running 8:30 a.m. to noon with youthful performances by Urban Stringz, the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music and others.All aim to benefit Detroit public schoolchildren with school supplies for the coming year. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Belle Isle (sheds 19 and 20), Detroit. 313-628-2081. $20. (Kindergarteners through 12th graders admitted free; must be accompanied by an adult.) Donations of backpacks and others school supplies are encouraged.

The Whispers

The beat goes on for R&B's Whispers, still carrying on with the bulk of their formative lineup intact. Joining them for this riverside summer show are evergreen Detroit favorites the Dramatics and classic "Shame" singer Evelyn (Champagne) King. 8 p.m., Chene Park Amphitheatre, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. 313-393-7128. $15-$35.


Buddy Guy with Eric Johnson

With Experience Hendrix taking a break for the summer, two of the show's principal players join forces for this A-level blues-guitar extravaganza. 8 p.m., Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills. 248-377-0100. $15-$75.

Tori Amos

After several classically arranged albums -- including orchestral reworkings of her definitive alt-rock work -- Amos has returned to the defiant, expressive piano-rock that built her name in the '90s with "Unrepentant Geraldines." The album is emotionally compelling and musically potent, and has achieved the feat of pleasing both cynical critics and Amos' famously attached devotees. 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. 313-983-6611. $35-$99.50.


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