February 22, 2024


Without Art It's Really Boring!!!

Arts, Beats & Eats reveals music lineup that includes 311, Flo Rida

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Nick Hexum of the band 311 performs at the Ryman Auditorium on March 28, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

More than 200 acts will perform on nine stages at this year’s edition of Arts, Beats & Eats, topped by a national stage roster that includes rock band 311, rapper Flo Rida, country singer Chase Rice and Detroit alt-rock mainstay Sponge.

Details for the Labor Day weekend festival were announced Tuesday, including a lineup of 50-plus participating restaurants with offerings from pierogi to lobster rolls.

The festival, formally known as Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by Flagstar Bank, will run Sept. 2-5 in downtown Royal Oak as the event marks its 25th year.

Because it pulled off a scaled-down, drive-in event during 2020’s pandemic lockdown, AB&E is one of the few long-running festivals in the area — even in the nation — that can still claim to have taken place annually since inception.

Other national performers this year will include soul-pop outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, hard rock band Chevelle, rapper-singers Rob Base and Montell Jordan, funk group Average White Band, country artist Jackson Dean and Boston lead singer Tommy DeCarlo.

Detroit blues singer Thornetta Davis is part of the Arts, Beats & Eats local music lineup.

They’re part of a music lineup otherwise dominated by a genre-crossing array of metro Detroit performers, including first-time stage headliners Martin Chaparro MC3, Autumn Kings, Sunset Blvd. and Aston Neighborhood Pleasure Club.

House of Dank, the dispensary chain that last year became AB&E’s first cannabis sponsor, will present a Performance Pit area with electronic-music DJs.

The food side of this year’s festival features 50 vendors from a mix of metro Detroit restaurants, food trucks and caterers.

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