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Motown Multitasker

Alexander Zonjic takes time out to play some music.

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Alexander Zonjic and his flute entertain a captive audience at the zoo Saturday night.
  • Alexander Zonjic and his flute entertain a captive audience at the zoo Saturday night.
SAT 8/20

Jazz flute player Alexander Zonjic's a busy guy. In addition to making like Ian Anderson, the Detroit resident owns a supper club, hosts a morning radio program, and books festival concerts in the Motor City. "They're all related to what I love doing," he says. "But sometimes it is a bit overwhelming."

On Saturday, Zonjic headlines a gig (with singer Angela Bofill and keyboardist Jeff Lorber) at the zoo in support of his latest album, the collaboration-heavy Seldom Blues. "The ultimate personality of the record really has more to do with who plays on it," he says. "I wanted to bring together my friends. I'm a flute player. I'm just happy to get away with this." Zonjic and pals play the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (3900 Wildlife Way) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 and $25; call 216-661-6500. -- Michael Gallucci

God Squad
Local choir's not just a bunch of holy warriors.

WED 8/24

Herb Thomas wants to make it clear: The Prayer Warriors are more than a 25-piece gospel choir; they can sing Temptations and O'Jays songs too. "When we started in 1989, churches wouldn't accept us," recalls Thomas, the group's co-founder and percussionist. "They wouldn't send us invitations. They would never let us sing for them." So the Warriors -- part of this week's free Wade Oval Wednesdays performance series -- hit the concert trail and backed artists like Foreigner and Diana Ross onstage. "We can break a groove down that sounds like P-Funk," says Thomas. "It's stuff that's not so much church music, but spiritual, with a beautiful conscience." The Prayer Warriors perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wade Oval Park in University Circle; visit www.universitycircle.org. -- Cris Glaser

Bring the Beat Back

FRI 8/19

On the heels of his successful drum & bass concert at Metropolis last March, Cleveland promoter Koala Tea will bring DJ Bailey (pictured) to town for Sloppy Seconds at Wish on Friday. With Orlando's DJ Fixx spinning breakbeat jams on the club's second floor, Bailey will be accompanied by Illy MC of Philadelphia during a two-hour set on the third level. The South London DJ will play tracks featured on his weekly radio program, Intabeat. Sloppy Seconds are dished out from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Wish, 621 Johnson Avenue. Tickets are $15, $10 in advance, available by calling 216-902-9474. -- Cris Glaser

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