Labor Day weekend has been a cornerstone of the work schedule for thousands of metro Detroit musicians through the years, via the Arts, Beats & Eats festival.
Things are a bit different here in the time of coronavirus, but the Royal Oak institution is still aiming to lift area performers with a combination of drive-in shows and virtual concerts.
More than 200 acts were announced Wednesday for the fest’s 2020 installment, dubbed “The Beats Go On.” Organizers are hoping to generate more than half a million dollars through crowdfunding and drive-in revenue, to be distributed among area artists who have traditionally earned more than 50% of their income through music.
The drive-in lineup features a range of genres and familiar AB&E names, including Thornetta Davis, the Orbitsuns, Jennifer Westwood, Kaleido and the tribute band Your Generation In Concert.
Those performances will take place in Royal Oak Sept. 4-7 in the lot at Sixth and Main streets, typically home to AB&E’s main stage. Seventeen shows will be staged, most of them featuring two acts, with capacity for 50 vehicles. Admission will be $30 per car, with a max of two people in each.
Festival director Jon Witz announced Wednesday that Jeep is aboard as a partner for the event, including free ticket packages and reserved viewing spots for members of the Jeep Wave program.
The bulk of “The Beats Go On” will happen online Aug. 27-Sept. 3, featuring veteran Detroit players and up-and-comers streaming sets on their own social media channels. Artists will be soliciting donations at their performance pages, with a wider fundraising campaign now under way at GoFund Me, seeded with $10,000 from the Arts, Beats & Eats Foundation.
As unveiled in July, AB&E’s juried fine arts show will take place by appointment, while food trucks will head out into Oakland County neighborhoods over Labor Day weekend in a program dubbed Eats On Your Streets.
Full details, including info on a series of health and fitness sessions, are at the Arts, Beats & Eats website.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2020
5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Jackson & the Poolsharks (Rock/Indie)
6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Taylor Tucky (Rock/Country)
7:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Melanie Rutherford & Phat Greasy (R&B)
8:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Larry Lee & Back In The Day (R&B)
9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Cast Iron Cornbread (Alt Rock)
10:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Kaleido (Alt Rock)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 5, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m. Damon Terrell (Jazz/Funk)
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Isis Damil (Jazz/R&B)
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Steffanie Christi’an (Alt Rock)
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Eva Under Fire (Alt Rock)
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. The Corktown Popes (Rock)
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Stone Clover (Rock)
6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Raye Williams (Country)
7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils
9 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Persuasion Band (R&B)
10 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thornetta Davis (R&B)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m. Al Bettis (Alt Soul)
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nina & the Buffalo Riders (Alt Rock)
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Leaving Lifted (International)
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. The Polish Muslims (International)
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Raising The Dead (Tribute)
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The Santana Project (Tribute)
6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m. George Aneed (Country)
7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m. The Orbitsuns (Country)
9 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dave Hamilton Band (Rock)
10 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The Reefermen In Transit (Rock)
MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m. Raion Taiko (International)
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Da’Ja (International)
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. If Walls Could Talk (Alt Pop)
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. KLR & the Saints (Alt Rock)
4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Alise King (R&B)
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Ryan Neal (R&B)
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Your Generation In Concert (Rock)
Thursday, Aug. 27
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