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2013 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 11:00 PM

Montgomery Gentry, Smash Mouth to headline 2013 Arts, Beats & Eats

Eddie Money, Beatlemania Live, Starship, Soul Asylum, Guster, Puddle of Mudd and MC Hammer make up other national acts

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats press conference on Aug. 6, 2013.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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ROYAL OAK, 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.

"There 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 bands.

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 Stage.

"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.

Festival Producer Jonathan Witz said: "It was 16 years ago that our County Executive, tapped me on the shoulder to bring this thing to life."

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.

Related Stories: Organizers Turn Up the Tech for 16th Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats; Ford, City of Royal Oak and Pepsi extend key partnerships; PHOTOS: 2012 Ford Arts, Beats and Eats festival in Royal Oak, MI; REVIEW: Over 330,000 people attend the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak

 

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Arts, Beats & Eats logo on the big screen

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Festival Producer Jonathan Witz

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

FirstMerit Bank President David Lochner

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.COM

Mike O'Brien, Ford Motor Company, Detroit Regional Sales Manager

 

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