15-18 WED-SAT • FUNDRAISER/MUSIC WDET-FM Fall Fundraiser at 313.JAC — Lets face it, if you have an ear for up-and-coming locals, Detroit radio will usually yield barren results — until the dial reaches WDET-FM 101.9, that is. By airing of-the-minute local music (not to mention NPR offerings and bafflingly creative programming), WDET-FM is an essential part of Detroit’s local music landscape. It follows, then, that local bands are eager to donate decibels when it’s time for the semiannual public radio fundraisers. This time a Wednesday-Saturday run of bands running the stylistic gamut is contributing to the good cause at 313.JAC (624 Brush St., Detroit; call 313-962-7067). The highlights include politically edged stalwarts, Urban Folk Collective (Thursday), alternative rocker Ty Stone (Friday) and the ever-exuberant A Thousand Times Yes (Saturday). The suggested minimum donation is $6. See listings for complete lineups.
17 FRI • MUSIC David Sanchez — In 15 years on the mainland after leaving his native Puerto Rico, saxophonist David Sanchez has worked himself through notable sideman gigs (with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, etc.) to become one of the most engaging leaders around. His notion of Latin jazz is expansive; his solos balance emotional heat with thoughtful light, and his combos are first-rate. He appears as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friday evening programming for Hispanic Heritage Month, which also includes tours, gallery drawing and a drop-in workshop on decorating sugar skulls for Day of the Dead celebrations. Sanchez performs at 6:30 and 8 p.m. The DIA is at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Call 313-833-7900 for more information.
17-18FRI-SAT • MUSIC Broken Clock Festival — While event organizer, painter, puppeteer and musician Maurice Greenia calls this “an opportunity for the music traveler to experience cutting-edge, contemporary, experimental, imaginative, tribal, acoustic, electronic musical messages,” we say it might just be an excuse to check out something kinda cool. With performances from some of Detroit’s most progressive purveyors of sound, including the jam-out genius of Larval (Friday) and the transcendental jazz of Faruq Z. Bey (Saturday), the possibilities are endless. At the Zeitgeist Gallery and Performance Venue (2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit). Call 313-965-9192 for more information.
18 SAT • FUNDRAISER/MUSIC DFC 10th Anniversary Party with the Waxwings — The Detroit Film Center (formerly the Detroit Filmmakers Coalition) seems hell-bent on promoting the strange idea that cinema can mean something more than a Blockbuster night and a bucket of popcorn. To celebrate a decade in the trenches, they’re throwing Coalition, a party to celebrate the past and debut their schedule for the coming year. Proceeds go toward purchasing digital cameras, tripods, computers and editing software. There’ll be light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and an installation by local artist, Actionbasic from 6-9 p.m. A party follows at downtown Bookies featuring the Waxwings, the Fondas and the Cyril Lords and DJ sets by the dashing gents of Young Soul Records. The DFC is located at 1227 Washington Blvd., Detroit; Bookies is a mere hop down the street at 1265 Washington Blvd. Call 313-961-9936 or make a visit to www.detroitfilm.org for further lowdown.
22 WED • MUSIC Romantics CD Release — Well folks, it seems that the tall-haired hometown popsters are back in the red-vinyl saddle again; even radio host-cum-E Street member-cum-“Sopranos” wise guy Little Steven thinks so. He’s dubbed their new album, 61/49, “best album of the year.” After far too many years of dormancy, this foursome has managed to resurrect a sound that simply shouldn’t go stale. They’re on the bill with two of Detroit’s younger (though still rockin’-est) bands, the Paybacks and the Sights. At the Emerald Theatre (31 N. Walnut, Mount Clemens). Call 586-913-1920 for ticket information.