Mich. -- One
hundred fifty national and local bands were announced today
for the Arts Beats & Eats festival to be held over Labor
Day weekend at Hamlin's Corner in Royal Oak. The national acts
include: Smash Mouth and Eddie Money on Friday, Aug. 30; Beatlemania
Live, Starship and Montgomery Gentry on Saturday, Aug. 31; Soul
Asylum and Guster on Sunday, Sept. 1; and Puddle of Mudd and
MC Hammer on Monday, Sept. 2.
will be lots of big names and big stars," said Mike O'Brien,
Ford Motor Company, Detroit Regional Sales Manager. There will
be nine music stages featuring more than 150 national and local
The local lineup
will include Kaleido, Jill Jack and Fifty Amp Fuse on the Michigan
Lottery National Stage; Free Beer, Persuasion, Trip N'Dixie
and the Orbitsuns on the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Americana
Stage; Killer Flamingos, The Infatuations, Otto Vector and Citizen
Zero on the Ford EcoBoost/89-X Stage; SuperLast (featuring Rich
from hardcore Pawn), the Howling Diablos, Jennifer Westwood,
the Muggs, and the Reefermen on the Budweiser Rock Stage. Also
headlining will be HotSauce, Thornetta Davis, Larry Lee &
Back in the Day, and Charles & Gwen Scales on the Made In
Detroit R&B Stage; The Hope Orchestra, Candace Sosa and
Stella on the bd's Mongolian Grill Acoustic Stage; Roots Vibration,
The Polish Muslims and Sin Hielo on the FirstMerit International
"We are excited
to introduce Oakland County Parks to Salute the Veterans,"
said Dan Stencil, Oakland County Parks & Recreation Executive
Officer. "There will be a complimentary luncheon at the
Michigan Lottery Stage from BD's Mongolian Grill. There will
be free admission to disabled veterans and family members on
Sunday, Sept. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Passes will be on a first-come,
first-service basis. A special tribute concert by Fifty Amp
Fuse will also be featured. Special parking and drop-off accommodations
will also be provided for the concert."
O'Brien also announced
that Jennifer Allore, a teacher at Utica High School, created
the official poster of the Arts Beats & Eats for 2013.
FirstMerit Bank President
David Lochner announced there will be 500 artists among 14 different
mediums, including ceramics, fabric and fiber, leather, painting,
photography, sculpture, wood, digital art, drawing, graphics
and printmaking, glass jewelry and metal. "This is ranked
one of the top 50 premiere art shows in the country and maintained
that ranking for 15 years," Lochner explained. "You
can see a preview of the arts at artsbeatseats.com."
"More than 50
restaurants will share unique tastes for all to enjoy,"
said Raul Venegas, Marketing Director of Soaring Eagle Casino.
"BD's Mongolian Grill will give festival guests a chance
to compete in mystery Stir Fry dishes. Leading the lineup of
new restaurants is Prime29, a contemporary steakhouse located
in West Bloomfield, along with Green Lantern, Oxford Inn, Eskimo
Jack's, Trattoria Pizzeria Da Luigi and more."
The Detroit Institute
of Arts will join the Arts Beats & Eats this year for the
first time. "We are bringing a program called "Inside/Out"
located on East 7th Street, which are fabulous reproductions
into your communities and display them," said Anne Marie
Erickson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
of the DIA. "We are celebrating film as an art form, and
there will be an outdoor animated motion picture called A
Cat in Paris for the kids, which stars Angelica Huston.
It is a story about a cat who has two lives, kitty by day and
spy by night. The 65-minute program will be shown inside the
Oakland County Parks Kids Zone and begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday,
Saturday and Sunday evenings."
Royal Oak Mayor Jim
Ellison announced the Arts du Jour Preview Party for the Arts,
Beats & Eats, which will include 45 plus restaurants on
Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. The new location will
be the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza and Veterans Memorial
located outside the Royal Oak Library and City Hall. Ten nonprofit
organizations will receive proceeds including American Cancer
Society, Boys & Girls Club, Forgotten Harvest, Blessings
in a Backpack, Michigan Humane Society, Planned Parenthood,
The Rainbow Connection, Royal Oak High School, Rose Hill Center
and South Oakland Shelter.
"We give 4.2
million to local charities," Oakland County Executive L.
Brooks Patterson added.
Jonathan Witz said: "It was 16 years ago that our County
Executive, tapped me on the shoulder to bring this thing to
Some of the new things
are: Color Me Healthy is the new festival theme which continues
to focus on health and wellness. Their tent is located on 7th
Street just east of Washington. The Priority Health Arts in
Motion 5k/10k Walk/Run on Saturday morning, August 31. The Priority
Health Zumbathon Celebration kicks off to benefit the Karmanos
Cancer Institute. This event begins at 11 a.m. and runs until
12:30 p.m. at the Michigan Lottery Stage and will host a dance
fitness explosion which combines Latin and International music.
Also included are the interactive Ford displays, which include
the Ride and Drive, Escape Virtual Kick, 47 mpg Push-To-Start
Instant Win and Ecoboost Power Wheel.
For more information
about the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival, visit www.artsbeatseats.com.