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Royal Oak

MC Hammer, Smash Mouth lead Arts, Beats & Eats musical lineup

Published August 12, 2013

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Mike O’Brien, the Detroit regional sales manager for Ford Motor Co., announces Aug. 6 that MC Hammer is one of the headliners for the 2013 Arts, Beats & Eats festival.

ROYAL OAK — Organizers announced at an Aug. 6 press conference that musical headliners from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s will perform at this year’s Arts, Beats & Eats festival, which takes place throughout Labor Day weekend.

The festival’s music includes nationally recognized acts like MC Hammer, Eddie Money and Smash Mouth, and local bands like 50 Amp Fuse.

Altogether, Jonathan Witz, the festival’s director, said there will be 200 bands and performances, and 1,000 local musicians playing on the festival’s nine stages.

Organizers also announced that, for the first time, the Detroit Institute of Arts will set up a special Inside|Out exhibit on east Seventh Street. The exhibit will showcase reproductions of artwork found at the DIA. Additionally, the DIA will be screening the animated film “A Cat in Paris” Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 inside the Oakland County Parks Kid Zone.

“This is one weekend we encourage you to be outside and not in the museum,” said Annmarie Erickson, the executive vice president of the DIA.

In addition to the classic-art reproductions, Arts, Beats & Eats will showcase the artwork of more than 400 artists using 14 different mediums to express their creativity.

More than 50 local restaurants will make up the “eats” portion of the festival, including six new metro Detroit restaurants.

“More than 50 restaurants, caterers, eateries and cakeries from across metro Detroit and even Mount Pleasant will share their unique tastes and culinary arts for all to enjoy,” said Raul Venegas, the director of marketing and entertainment at Soaring Eagle Casino, who made the food announcements.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson predicted that this year would be Arts, Beats & Eats’ biggest one yet.

“I think the weather is going to cooperate, so it should be a bigger and better event this year,” he said.

Salute to the troops

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission announced an opportunity for military veterans to enjoy the sights and sounds of Arts, Beats & Eats free of charge.

It will be giving away 2,000 admission passes to veterans, which that will be redeemable for any day of the festival, and also free passes for a special tribute concert at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 1 for disabled veterans and their family. There also will be complimentary food served at the tribute concert, which will feature 50 Amp Fuse at the Michigan Lottery Stage.

“Passes and concert invites will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and if demand exceeds supply, we will work to get more partners to make sure as many of our heroes as possible can take in some family fun on Labor Day weekend,” said Dan Stencil, the executive officer of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Veterans interested can contact the Parks and Recreation Commission at (248) 541-7550 to receive passes.

Art explored

Witz announced that Arts, Beats & Eats is providing a $3,000 matching grant to Royal Oak’s Commission for the Arts and its Art Explored program, the commission’s endeavor of filling the city’s downtown with art.

“We’re excited to do that,” Witz said.

The commission for the arts is hoping to have six pieces of art installed downtown by the fall. So far, it has approved three. The deadline for artists to apply will be Aug. 30.

Artists interested can apply at

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