Your Generation in Concert performs snippets from songs by national headliners as each band is announced during an Arts, Beats & Eats press event at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse in Troy, Aug. 6.

Your Generation in Concert performs snippets from songs by national headliners as each band is announced during an Arts, Beats & Eats press event at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse in Troy, Aug. 6.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Arts, Beats & Eats unveils entertainment lineup

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 13, 2019


ROYAL OAK — The 22nd annual Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Flagstar Bank, will celebrate 10 years in downtown Royal Oak this year. The four-day festival will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

Organizers recently announced the full lineup of entertainment, artists and eateries that will draw crowds Labor Day weekend. 

The festival will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 2, filling the streets with a juried fine art fair with more than 130 artist booths; more than 200 bands and live performances on nine stages, including almost 20 new acts; and more than 40 local food vendors, including new additions Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Prime 29 Steakhouse, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and Crispelli’s.

The art fair will include a wide array of mediums, including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Artists will vie for cash awards totaling $7,500. New artists include Soo Chang, a painter from Darien, Illinois; metal artist Atticus McFadden-Keesling, of Clarkston, Michigan; photographer John Hartung, of Clearwater, Florida; and wood sculptor Salvatore Crescendo, of Amherstburg, Ontario.

A new feature this year is Upbound with Art, sponsored by Delta Dental, which will showcase the work of four Michigan artists with autism.

“With such a diverse lineup of bands, popular musicians and local rising stars, the performances at this year’s festival are going to be phenomenal,” festival producer Jon Witz said in a press release. “Not only do we have rockers like Third Eye Blind, All-American Rejects and Theory of a Deadman, but we’ve also got Motown icons the Four Tops.”

Besides musical acts, the festival will provide new programming; hands-on activities; and family-friendly entertainment, including a Detroit Institute of Arts Kids Stage.

Another addition to the festival will be an interactive first responder experience, courtesy of Oakland Community College, which has first responder training programs. 

The experience will include a driving simulator used by first responder students in training; police, fire and EMS agencies; as well as the opportunity to interact with the college’s new firetruck and other vehicles.

Culture on 4th, a returning feature sponsored by Flagstar Bank, will provide space for cultural organizations to present visual and performing arts, including musical performances. The bank will sponsor the festival’s annual food drive, benefiting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, the long-standing Priority Health Zumbathon will take place on the Michigan Lottery Stage. It will feature the festival’s first-ever “dance fitness concert” by Watatah, an international urban recording artist, according to a festival press release.

In memory of longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died at age 80 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer Aug. 3, the city of Royal Oak will temporary rename Washington Avenue “L. Brooks Boulevard” during the festival.

Patterson co-founded Arts, Beats & Eats in Pontiac.

“I think we’ll probably do some resolution just in the spirit of giving recognition where recognition is deserved,” Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier said. “We will get our (Department of Public Service) staff out there to make that change to the street sign for the event, and I think it’s a good tribute to the passing of someone who led this county for a number of decades.”

The festival annually attracts approximately 350,000 visitors.

In its lifespan, Arts, Beats & Eats has donated approximately $5.5 million to local charities, according to officials.

Festival admission costs $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 1. On Friday, Aug. 30, the festival is free to enter until 5 p.m., and the cost of admission after 5 p.m. is $5.

For more information, visit or call (248) 541-7550.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.