Arts, BEATS & Eats

By |2011-09-01T09:00:00-04:00September 1st, 2011|Entertainment|

Whatever your tastes, Arts, Beats and Eats has you covered. And we don’t mean with lots of food, though there will be plenty of that. We mean with music. In its 14th year, the annual festival – moved from Pontiac to Royal Oak last year – is hosting all sorts of artists Sept. 2-5, from headliners like Panic at the Disco and Vince Gill to many local acts. Here’s who you shouldn’t miss:

Panic at the Disco/10:30 p.m. Sept. 2 /Michigan Lottery Stage

Boys that kiss each other and wear eye makeup – need we say more? If we had to, though, we’d tell you that Panic at the Disco, now a two-man band led by gay-in-another-life Brendon Urie (he’s actually straight, as is co-member Spencer Smith), is pretty odd – which also happens to be the name of the glam-rock guys’ second album, “Pretty. Odd.,” a hybrid of emo, vaudeville and baroque sounds (their third and most recent, “Vice & Virtues,” was released earlier this year). It’s good stuff, even if they aren’t gay.

Vince Gill/10:15 p.m. Sept. 4/Michigan Lottery Stage

Country music shines a little brighter with the voice of Vince Gill, one of the genre’s most vital names. His ample awards and early-career hits, from “I Still Believe in You” to “The Heart Won’t Lie” with Reba McEntire, prove that distinction, but his latest single – “Threaten Me With Heaven,” a heartfelt beauty co-penned with wife Amy Grant – just might give him the post-millenium attention he deserves.

Michigan Lottery National Stage

7 p.m. Devin Scillian & The Arizona Sun (Country)
8 p.m. Jessica Hernandez (Pop/Soul)
9:15 p.m. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Indie/Alternative)

10 a.m. Zumba Dance World Record Attempt
5 p.m. Beatlemania Live (Beatles Tribute)
7:15 p.m. Lou Gramm of Foreigner (Rock)
10:15 p.m. Bret Michaels (Rock)

3 p.m. Tom Tom Club (Synthpop)
7:45 p.m. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (Funk)

The Budweiser Rock Stage

6:30 p.m. Rachel May & The Difficulties (Blues Rock’n Soul)
9:30 p.m. The Howling Diablos (Funk’n Soul)

12:30 p.m. Bus 21 (Alt Pop)
8 p.m. Amy Gore & Her Valentines (Detroit Rock Royalty)
9:30 p.m. The Twistin Tarantulas (Rock-a-billy)

12:30 p.m. The Insyderz (Punk/Ska)
6:30 p.m. The Jill Jack Band (Folk Rock)

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Americana Stage

3:30 p.m. Candy Band (Pop)

3:30 p.m. The Barbara Payton Band (Rock)

2 p.m. Taylor Fernandez (Pop)
8 p.m. Persuasion (Straight up PARTY!)

Citizens Bank Cultural Stage

11 a.m. Living Tradition Yoga
6:30 p.m. Rachael Davis (Singer/Songwriter)

11 a.m. Living Tradition Yoga
2 p.m. Matrix Youth Theater
8 p.m. La Chispa & Company (Flamenco/Dance)

3:30 p.m. LVNMUZIQ (Urban/Folk)
5:00 p.m. Mosaic Youth Singers

Ford Focus Alternative Stage

3:30 p.m. Fawn (Indie Pop)
8 p.m. Otto Vector (Pop/Rock)
9:30 p.m. Killer Flamingos (Pop/Top 40)
Made in Detroit Stage

9 p.m. Dan Bain Electronic DJ
10 p.m. John Johr Electronic DJ

9 p.m. Secrets aka Matt Abbott Electronic DJ
10 p.m. Ted Krisko Electronic DJ

1-5 p.m. “Detroit’s got Talent” Karaoke
9 p.m. Electronic DJs

1-5 p.m. “Detroit’s got Talent” Karaoke

Royal Oak Music Theatre Stage

Located in the Royal Oak Music Theatre

2 p.m. Footloose Dance Contest judged by Kenny Wormald and Craig Brewer
10 p.m. Ty Stone (Americana Rock)

5 p.m. The Barbara Payton Band (Rock)
6:30 p.m. The Look (Rock)
10 p.m. Lukas Nelson (Americana Rock)

For a complete lineup, visit

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