Get ready for the Bestest Concert Ever

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published March 18, 2015

 Meghan Chambo and Audrey Zimmerman show off their cool styles on the Rockin’ Red Carpet at the third annual Bestest Concert Ever.

Meghan Chambo and Audrey Zimmerman show off their cool styles on the Rockin’ Red Carpet at the third annual Bestest Concert Ever.

Photo provided by John Carlson


ROYAL OAK — Paula Messner is calling all hipsters and their families to the Royal Oak Farmers Market this Saturday for the fourth annual Bestest Concert Ever.

The family friendly, live music event will take place from 5-8 p.m. March 21. Messner said that 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Royal Oak Optimist Club.

“It’s an annual thing that I do and it’s really a lot of fun,” Messner said.

The idea for the Bestest Concert Ever came from a couple of shows Messner played with her band, Candy Band.

She fondly remembered a gig she played in New York where, though it was a concert, people were there with their children. Messner thought it would be great to re-create that type of atmosphere with something like the kids’ activities area at Lollapalooza, the famous music festival that her band also has played.

Add in a charitable organization, and the Bestest Concert Ever was born four years ago.

“It’s just blown up like crazy,” Messner said.

Each year, Messner has chosen different organizations to donate all the proceeds to, and so far the concerts have raised about $9,000 for charity.

“I can’t praise Paula enough,” said Optimist Club member Ilene Harmon.

Harmon said Messner does a great job every year organizing the event and it is always a lot of fun. She said the Optimist Club is happy to be a part of this year’s event.

“It really is kind of the all-around event,” Harmon said. “There is a lot for the kids, and the parents can enjoy the music. It’s not super late, and we’re bringing everyone together for a good time.”

The admission price is $5 and food and activities will be available for a nominal price.

Entertainment will include the Candy Band, Horse Cave Trio, Motor Honey, Tilted Axes Detroit and Evenin’ Gentlemen.

Messner said the live music ranges from a barbershop quartet to a country outlaw band. She said something unique this year is Tilted Axes Detroit, a guitar procession featuring about 15 guitarists with mobile amps traveling around while playing.

“That’s pretty cool,” Messner said.

Kids’ activities will include Rockin’ the Red Carpet photos, face painting, hair feathers at the Crazy Hair Salon, a haute couture dress-up station, macaroni art, gem mining with the Miner’s Den Jewelers and the McCourt’s Music petting zoo where kids can try playing myriad musical instruments.

Members of the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and band boosters will be on hand to play games with the kids.

Harmon, who also serves as the Royal Oak High School Drama Club booster president, said some of the drama students will be at the event playing pin the nose on Cyrano. Attendees will have the chance to purchase tickets to the high school’s upcoming production of “Cyrano,” which debuts March 27.

Food options will include anything from a hot dog to Detroit BBQ, and Treat Dreams will be there with its ice cream truck. MilKing It Productions will be serving its AXL Pale Ale and BRIK Red ale for the adults.

“It’s just a really, really good time,” Messner said.

And, Messner added, don’t worry about the weather; the event takes place indoors at the market at 316 E. 11 Mile Road.