Music announced for Arts, Beats & Eats; Patterson tribute planned
This year's main stage acts at the Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats hope to spark nostalgia with hits from summers past.
Rock bands from the 1970s to the 2000s and others will headline the outdoor Labor Day weekend festival in Royal Oak this year. Hear All-American Rejects, Starship and Beatlemania Live on Aug. 30 and "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips on Aug. 31.
On Sept. 1, 1990s hit-makers Third Eye Blind close out the night, performing after Your Generation in Concert tribute act, Motown legends the Four Tops, and singer and songwriter Melanie Rutherford.
The annual festival ends on Labor Day, Sept. 2, with sets by blues guitarist and singer Laith Al-Saadi, "Sister Christian" rockers Night Ranger and Canadian mainstream rock band Theory of a Deadman.
Like last year, the headlining line up leans heavy on male-fronted throwback rock acts. Besides the main stage, the festival has eight stages hosting a variety of music genres, plus kids and arts programming.
More family-friendly fun is found at The Detroit News Kids Zone, relocated on Center between Third and Fourth streets this year. The zone is also home to the Detroit Institute of Arts Kids Stage, with magic shows, puppets, juggling and other entertainment.
On Tuesday morning organizers also announced that this year's Arts, Beats & Eats will pay tribute to longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died Friday and was a co-founder of the festival. AB&E's main strip on Washington will be renamed L. Brooks Boulevard for just that weekend in his honor.
The 22nd annual Arts, Beats & Eats is 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 2 in downtown Royal Oak. Admission is free Aug. 30 until 5 p.m. and is $3-$7 the remainder of the festival hours. Active duty service members and veterans get in free. Festival admission is donated to area charities.
Visit artsbeatseats.com or call (248) 541-7550 for more information.
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Friday, Aug. 30
6 p.m Beatlemania Live!
8 p.m. Starship
10 p.m. All-American Rejects
Saturday, Aug. 31
5 p.m. Matt Austin
6 p.m. Walker Hayes
7:15 p.m. Phil Vassar
8:45 p.m. Randy Houser
10 p.m. Phillip Phillips
Sunday, Sept. 1
5 p.m. Melanie Rutherford
6 p.m. The Four Tops
8 p.m. Your Generation in Concert
10 p.m. Third Eye Blind
Monday, Sept. 2
4:30 p.m. Laith Al-Saadi
6 p.m. Night Ranger
8 p.m. Theory of a Deadman