Celebrating its 16th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions. From the chart-topping musical headliners, the stunning artwork of all mediums, to the succulent dishes from some of the best restaurants throughout the state, this event will be one of the most diverse and exciting weekends of the year.


In its yearly tradition of bringing some of the country’s best recording artists to southeast Michigan, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has once again assembled an outstanding lineup of acts for the Michigan Lottery National Stage and across a total of nine music stages, featuring more than 150 national and local bands. Among the national recording artists performing are: Smash Mouth, Eddie Money, Beatlemania Live, Starship, Bush Hawg, Montgomery Gentry, Guster, Soul Asylum, 50 Amp Fuse, Puddle of Mudd and M.C. Hammer.

The local band line-up includes Kaleido, Jill Jack and 50 Amp Fuse  on the Michigan Lottery National Stage; Free Beer, Persuasion, Trip N’ Dixie and The Orbitsuns on the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Americana Stage; Killer Flamingos, The Infatuations, Otto Vector, and Citizen Zero on the Ford Eco-Boost/89-X Stage; SuperLast (featuring Rich from Hardcore Pawn), The Howling Diablos, Jennifer Westwood, the Muggs, and The Reefermen on the Budweiser Rock Stage. Also headlining will be HotSauce, Thornetta Davis, Larry Lee & Back In The Day, and Charles & Gwen Scales, all on the Made In Detroit R&B Stage; The Hope Orchestra, Candace Sosa and Stella on the bd’s Mongolian Grill Acoustic Stage; Roots Vibration, The Polish Muslims, and Sin Hielo on the FirstMerit International Stage


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been a cultural beacon for more than a century. For the first time ever, and in partnership with Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, the DIA will showcase high quality reproductions of artistic masterpieces from several notable collections at this year’s festival. The exhibit will be located at Inside|Out on East 7th Street within the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival footprint and offer patrons a first-hand encounter with an incredible display of videos, paintings and other visual arts as well as all the richness the DIA has to offer in downtown Royal Oak. This exhibit joins the ranks of a small number of hand-selected cities and other venues that value the connection between the community and Detroit’s cherished art museum.

Festival Cinema-Style

The DIA will bring the memorable museum experience to the streets of Royal Oak this year.  For the first time at the festival, the DIA will feature an outdoor motion picture, a medium that has played an important and continuing role at the DIA since 1928.  The DIA’s ongoing program, Detroit Film Theatre, will present the internationally acclaimed, animated film A Cat In Paris for the kids and cinema buffs alike. The film stars Dino, a cat who lives a double life as a little girl’s lovable pet by day, and a sly “cat” burglar by night. A Cat in Paris pays homage to classic noir and gangster films with help from a sizzling jazz soundtrack that features legendary artist, Billie Holiday. The film is brought to life with help from Oscar® winners Anjelica Huston and Marcia Gay Harden, A Cat in Paris is a fun, entertaining film that can be enjoyed by all.  The 65-minute program will be shown inside the Oakland County Parks Kids Zone from 8:30 – 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

“Our partnership with the DIA is something we are so proud of,” said festival producer, Jon Witz, the art work and film screening combined will bring a cultural magic that likely represents the best arts attraction we’ve ever offered.”


This year Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is teaming up with Oakland County Parks to offer free admission, as well as a special tribute concert for disabled veterans and family members, on Sunday, September 1. The concert will feature 50 Amp fuse on the Michigan Lottery Stage, with a complimentary lunch and beverages from bd’s Mongolian Grill. Special parking and drop-off accommodations will also be provided for the concert.

A total of two thousand admission passes that will be redeemable on any day of the festival, as well as special passes for the concert, will be distributed by a grassroots outreach to Local Veterans Organizations. Recipient organizations include Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division, and the VA Center. Outreach began August 1 and a significant turnout is expected.

All interested veterans can contact Sara or Jill at 248-541-7550 to receive passes, which will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. In addition to Oakland County Parks, Royal Oak-based Barrick Oil is also a sponsor of the “Salute” and has been supportive of veteran programs year round as part of the Oakland County Parks Disabled Veterans Initiative.


To tantalize the taste buds, more than 50 of the area’s favorite restaurants, caterers and food-related attractions will take to the streets of Royal Oak to share their food and unique take on the culinary arts with visitors. The array of food will have something for everyone, with booths featuring everything from flavorful cultural dishes, to seafood, to summer fun food, to mouthwatering sweets and dessert treats.

Leading the lineup of new restaurants is Prime29, a contemporary steakhouse located in West Bloomfield that features prime cuts of USDA aged beef and “jet-fresh” seafood. Prime29 proudly supports the local community by using Michigan grown produce and is an active champion for the arts and local charities.

Other new restaurants and food providers include Green Lantern, Oxford Inn, Eskimo Jack’s, Sisro’s Cakery, Vintage House Banquets and Catering, Trattoria Pizzeria Da Luigi and more. They join a great list of returning restaurants including Mitchell’s Fish Market, the Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine, Gaucho Steakhouse, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Gemmayze, Hamlin Corner, Polish Village Café, Pronto!, Palm Palace, Jackson’s Five Star Catering, Peking House, Lockhart’s BBQ and others.

One restaurant is going to great lengths to add fun and community support to the festival. bd’s Mongolian Grill will debut it’s bd’s Recipe Challenge, offering festival guests will have the chance to compete twice daily and guess ingredients in mystery “Stir Fry dishes.” Winners will be awarded VIP concert passes and dinner at one of eight Metro Detroit bd’s Mongolian Grills. The uniquely themed restaurant chain is also donating food for festival volunteers throughout the weekend and providing lunch at the Salute to Disabled Veterans Event on September 1st.


As one of the nation’s premier art shows, the Juried Fine Art Show again will be a high point of this year’s festival, with high-quality artists from across the continent vying for cash awards totaling $7,500. The jury competition was fierce this year, with more than 400 artists applying for the opportunity to be a part of the show.  It will feature art in 14 mediums, including ceramics, fabric and fiber, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, digital art, drawing, graphics and printmaking, glass, jewelry and metal. Artists will come from all over North America, including nearly three-dozen from Michigan and 40 who are completely new, to display, share and sell their work. Festival patrons have the opportunity to peruse works at more than 140 booth spaces.


Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has always been known for great art, music and cuisine, but it also has a great reputation for its commitment to help spread the message of healthy living within the community – and deliver it with a clever and fun twist.  This year, St. John’s Providence Health System lends a hand as the title sponsor of Color Me Healthy, a new festival theme to continue the festival’s focus on health and wellness. Led by the Color Me Healthy tent – located on 7th St. just east of Washington – families will be invited to rest and rejuvenate.  The new exhibit will provide an opportunity for younger festival guests to color health themed coloring books while parents can take a seat and gear up for the next festival destination on their must-see and do at Ford Arts, Beats & Eats list.

The healthy theme really comes to the forefront on Saturday morning, August 31st with the return of the Priority Health Arts in Motion 5k/10k Walk/Run to support two organizations: Michigan Youth Arts and ROCK CF. Colorful works of art will be on display along the updated and expanded routes, which will wind through parks and tree-lined neighborhoods of Royal Oak, and performers and artists from Michigan Youth Arts will cheer on runners and walkers.

The races will end just as the Priority Health Zumbathon® Celebration kicks off to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. The event from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. will transform the Michigan Lottery Stage into a red-hot, exhilarating dance fitness explosion that combines Latin and International music.  Last year nearly 1,200 people participated in a huge Zumba® class-style event at the festival last year.

In conjunction with Vibe Fit, a metro Detroit fitness company, the class is anticipated to draw a record number of participants, all wearing vibrant colors, and will feature more than 100 local Zumba® instructors from across Michigan. Registration for both events is can be accessed through www.artsbeatseats.com.

Priority Health will also bring back its Healthy Options for the 2013 Festival. Just look for the Healthy Option logo on each food vendor sign for healthy items that are on the menus of local restaurants and eateries participating in Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

This year Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be the presenting sponsor the festival’s Bike Corrals in conjunction with KLM Bike and Fitness in Birmingham and Rochester. This initiative is good for the environment, eases traffic congestion and also raises awareness of health and wellness issues by encouraging area residents to bike to and from the festival and lead a more active lifestyle. The bike corrals are located in two locations at the north and south of the festival. The northern bike corral is located on Washington and Second Avenue at the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and the southern corral is located on the right southbound lanes on Washington, extending south from Lincoln Street.  Attendees who bike to the festival will receive a complimentary KIND bar upon exit of the bike corral.


Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has long been recognized for the quality and quantity of its family-friendly entertainment. Among the high points will be the Kids Zone, guaranteed to attract youngsters with fun, interactive programming throughout the four days of the festival. New this year is a Petting Farm sponsored by Huron-Clinton Metroparks that will be located just outside the Kids Zone on 7th St. Anticipated animals include a mini-horse, calf, goats, sheep, ducklings, chickens, chicks and rabbits. From noon-6 p.m. each day of the festival, children will have the opportunity to get up close and safely touch and feed the assortment of cuddly and cute, furry animals.

The creativity will flow at the Arts and Crafts area, sponsored by Great Expressions Dental Centers and organized by volunteers from Genesis Church.   Additionally, long-time festival partner Meijer will have an interactive area set up with product and sample displays for the whole family. The Meijer Kids Stage will feature an exciting lineup of family-friendly performances. Bringing smiles, laughter, amazement and awe to youngsters’ faces will be ventriloquists, music, magical tricks, clown acts, story telling and puppet shows. Among the lineup are many favorites, including Rosco the Clown, Mysterious Illusions, Dog Gone Mystery, Pure Imagination Magic Show, Harpbeat’s Musical Revue, Punch & Judy Puppet Show, Cool Tricks & Funny Stuff, and Ventriloquist Vikki Green.

Festival favorites the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music will take to the Meijer Kids Stage each day of the festival, providing a hands-on interactive music activity for people of all ages, suitable for beginners to seasoned performers. Festival guests are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the instruments that go into turning “music” into “rock.”

The sights and sounds of a summer carnival will be in the air as the Moonwalk presented by Royal Oak company Inflatable Playspaces and the Kiddie Carnival will be sure to bring out the “oohs and aahs” and lots of giggles in the “little ones.”


Stop by the many interactive Ford display areas throughout Ford Arts, Beats and Eats to check out the latest Ford vehicles and technology and test drive an all-new Ford vehicle. The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win exciting prizes, including the chance to win a new Ford vehicle of your choice up to $30,000.

  • Take a Test Drive in a New Ford Vehicle – Stop by 4th and Washington to take a spin in your choice of a variety of new Ford vehicles. Experience a smooth ride, while learning about cool new Ford technology.
  • Escape Virtual Kick – Test your speed to see how many field goals you can make in 33 seconds on an exciting virtual football field to win cool prizes.


  • 47 MPG Push-To-Start Instant Win – Push the START button on the Ford gas pump to activate the slot-machine instant win. If you can line up all three “47 MPG” symbols, you win a cash jackpot!


  • Ecoboost Power Wheel – Players spin for a chance to win the “Ecoboost Cash Jackpot”!


  • Various Ford Oval Count Challenges – Test your estimation skills by guessing the quantity of Ford ovals inside the box to win a gift card.


An eclectic display of classical, multi-cultural acts will once again take place on two stages:  the First Merit Bank International Stage and the bd’s Mongolian Grill Acoustic Stage.  The stellar lineup of cultural programming offered at this year’s festival includes performances from around the world in the form of chamber music with ensembles presented from Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the fiery, intense flamenco dancing of La Chispa and Company, the gorgeous Indian costumes and dance from Nadanta; the pounding rhythms of Raion Taiko Japanese Drums, “Raga”, classical Indian music from Kasturi Paigidis, and the enduring sounds of historical Jewish music from Kidz Klez Musicians, along with the upbeat folk music of Raices Mexicanos.


Parking information will be available on the festival website starting August 15.

Don’t forget to download the Arts, Beats & Eats App! Available for Iphone http://bit.ly/16U5rUT and Android phones http://bit.ly/17vhZ3b . Win Food tickets, VIP Passes, a weekend at Soaring Eagle and more!

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Sponsors who have committed at this point include Ford and its Detroit Region, in partnership with the Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers as Title Sponsor and FirstMerit Bank as the Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors are City of Royal Oak DDA, Budweiser, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Pepsi, Michgian Lottery, Priority Health, Metro PCS, Beaumont Hospital, Made in Detroit, Oakland County Parks, St. John Providence Health System, US Park, Meijer, Ace & Sons, American Laser, Atlas Home Improvement, Barefoot Winery, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Brown Forman, C&L Ward, Comcast, Constellation Wines, Dave & Busters, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, DTE Energy, Great Expression Dental Centers, Hansons Windows, Hawthorne Suites, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, KIND Bars, Leaf Filter, M1 Studios, Magine Events, Majic Window, Matrix Basement Systems, Olga’s Kitchen, On the Avenue Marketing, Renewal by Andersen, SECURATECH, Snappy Eats, Top Cat, Trenton Ice Cream,  Weatherguard Windows and Westin Southfield.


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