Grapevine: Beyoncé, family and crew visit Motown Museum

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats announces parking meter art contest, DIA to host concerts for Make Music Day and more celebrity news

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Beyoncé visits Motown Museum with Jay Z, Blue Ivy and concert crew

Beyoncé paid tribute to the legends who paved the way for her career with a stop at the Motown Museum on Tuesday afternoon before her Formation World Tour concert at Ford Field. During the show, Beyoncé told the 42,000 fans about the visit. “Thank you to Detroit for creating such incredible music,” she said. “Y’all are so lucky to be from here. There’s something so special about this city.”

Motown museum spokeswoman Shanel Adams said Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z, and 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, came along for the private tour led by CEO and chairwoman Robin Terry. Bey’s band members, hair stylist, dancers and three backup singers, known as “The Mamas,” toured the museum on Monday. One of “The Mamas,” Montina Cooper, said Hitsville U.S.A was “breathtaking,” according to the museum’s Facebook page. “You can just feel the energy in here, and if you’re any type of creative person you cannot walk in here and not be moved,” she said.

Adams said the visit from the Carters and Beyoncé’s crew was a pleasant surprise. “We found out not too soon before that they were coming,” she said. This was Beyoncé’s second visit to the museum and first for Jay Z and Blue Ivy. Terry said the superstar told her “she was honored to be at the museum because of the doors those artists opened for her.” During the show, Bey name-dropped Berry Gordy Jr., Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as inspirations.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats to sponsor parking meter art contest

The parking meters in downtown Royal Oak are about to get an eye-catching upgrade. Local artists will have the opportunity to paint up to 150 parking meters for an inaugural program, Meters Made Beautiful, organized by the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival and Royal Oak Commission. The meters will be featured at the 19th annual festival, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, held Sept. 2-5 in Royal Oak.

Design proposals will be accepted online until July 21. The artists — who must be 18 or older — have a chance to compete for $4,000 in cash prizes, including $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. Winners will be chosen by festivalgoers and a jury. A kickoff painting event will take place Aug. 27, and the meters will remain painted after the festival. “Our city is a destination for great retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, and Meters Made Beautiful will be one more reason for visitors to experience what Royal Oak has to offer,” Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison said in a news release. Admission to the festival ranges $3-$5. Children under age 3 get in free and tickets are free of charge until 5 p.m. Sept. 2.

DIA to host concerts for Make Music Day

The Detroit Institute of Arts is joining the international celebration, “Make Music Day,” on June 21 by hosting several free concerts on the museum’s lawn from noon to 8 p.m. Performers include DJ Judy Adams, Malena Quartet, Amp Fiddler, Mosaic Singers Youth Ensemble and PhilHarmonic. “We’re hosting a variety of important, culturally diverse musicians that represent Detroit’s rich musical history,” says DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons. Other venues participating in the inaugural Make Music Detroit include the Urban Bean Co. and Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit.

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

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