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Notable metro Detroit concerts, July 10-16

July 9, 2014

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press



July 09--Thursday

Indigo Girls with the DSO

In the late '80s and '90s, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers helped lead a revival for the sort of yearning folk-rock that's long been a fixture of American dorm rooms. After a career of largely straightforward acoustic performances, the duo has burnished its live presentation the past couple of years by linking up with orchestras across the country. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Christopher Confessore, will be the latest collaborator for a survey of the group's quarter-century catalog. 7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall at Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit. 313-576-5100. $30 and up.

Styx and Foreigner

The "Urgent" puns got wheeled out in full force last week when news broke that one of this tour's buses had caught fire in Philadelphia. (The song reference turned out to be off-base; the burning crew bus belonged specifically to Styx.) All is back up and running, though, for this latest visit from two '70s AOR staples and regulars of the summer concert circuit. Guitarist Don Felder will open the night with a set that includes some of his best-known Eagles licks. 5:30 p.m., Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. 586-268-9700. $89.50. Limited number of $10 lawn tickets.

Friday

Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth

You'll get a few hours of feel-good radio hits in this quadruple-headlining throwback show, with the special hometown bonus of Kracker, who has settled into a steady career rhythm while straddling the rock, pop and country worlds. Also performing is Smash Mouth. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $15-$55.

Saturday

Aretha Franklin

It's always an evening of homespun glitz and glamor with Aretha, whose live shows are an entertaining mix of casual spirits and glittery razzle-dazzle -- along with a timeless voice that's still potent at 72 years. The Queen of Soul has kept a busy schedule in the past couple of years, but this show is a makeup date of sorts for a DTE concert nixed last year amid another round of health issues. 7:30 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $15-$65.

Mo Pop Festival

The second-annual Mo Pop fest once again assembles a hefty collection of indie rock talent both national -- City and Colour, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids -- and local -- Lord Huron, Flint Eastwood

-- along with an array of Michigan-brewed beers, food trucks and a return appearance by Flint's Lil Darlins Vaudeville troupe, with its fire performers, aerial artists and acrobats. Also on the two-stage, 14-band bill: Tokyo Police Club, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Hundred Waters, Bad Suns, Wild Cub, Bear Hands and MisterWives.11:30 a.m., Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. 586-268-9700. $49.50-$125.

Queen + Adam Lambert

This high-octane collaboration was forged during Lambert's "American Idol" run in 2009, when his professed love for the late Freddie Mercury culminated in a performance with Queen during the season finale. Periodic pairings followed in Europe during ensuing years, drawing glowing reviews as Lambert lent his distinctive pipes to the musical backdrop provided by Brian May and Roger Taylor. Those two have found various ways to stoke the embers of the Queen legacy through the years; this one may be the most creatively authentic yet. 8 p.m., the Palace of Auburn Hills, I-75 at exit 81. 248-377-0100. $35-$85.

Monday

Replay America

The Go-Go's lead this day-glo-colored '80s pop party, a trip back through one of the most buoyant eras in Top 40 history, featuring the services of Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and the Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes Featuring Pete Byrne. 7:30 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $15-$39.50.

Phish

For just the second time since its mid-'00s hiatus, Phish is touring on the back of a new album, the Bob Ezrin-produced "Fuego," the latest batch of slinky jams and knowing winks from the era's leading jam band. 7 p.m., DTE Energy Music Theatre, I-75 at exit 89, Clarkston. 248-377-0100. $41-$56.

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