Ford Arts, Beats & Eats details announced


ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Details were announced Tuesday about the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival.

The festival will be held Sept. 2 - 5.


More than 100 artists will have their work displayed at the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival.

Fine art in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, and wood will be on display at the Juried Fine Art Show.

“There will be a lot of loyal, returning artists this year showcasing their work. We also are welcoming many new artists, many of whom will be displaying mix media 3D artwork which will enhance the show’s variety,” art director Lisa Konikow said. “I am impressed by the quality, breadth and scope of this year’s artists. The show’s ability to evolve and thrive on its own against intense music and delicious eats is what sets us apart from other art shows.”

Cash awards totaling up to $7,500 will be given out.
In addition, the Detroit Institute of Arts will be the presenting sponsor of onstage art demonstrations each day of the festical.

Also, St. John Hospital & Medical Center is sponsoring the 6th annual Deaf Arts Festival featuring the work of a number of outstanding artists who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Nearly 200 local and national musical acts were announced Tuesday to perform at the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

The lineup features Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Gavin DeGraw, Our Lady Peace, Three Dog Night. Local artist Laith Al-Saadi, who was featured on the 2016 finale of NBC’s “The Voice,” will also take the stage.

CHECK: Full musical lineup for 2016 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

“Each year Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort strives to bring one of the best and most diverse free concert lineups to the state,” event producer Jonathan Witz said. “For this year, we have put together a spectacular list of acts that I think features our best lineup ever.”

Across seven stages, musical talent will rock Royal Oak and an eight stage, the Oakland County Kids Stage, will feature interactive and informative performances.


Top restaurants and caterers will line the streets of Royal Oak offering food from across southeast Michigan.

The widespread selection of food will feature unique cultural dishes and classic America cuisine.

“We make certain that the entire spectrum of food is well represented for every palate from the best restaurants and caterers,” event organizer Jon Witz said. “From Spanish tapas to BBQ and sushi to donuts, I believe with the choices we have put together this year, this is really one of the top food events in the entire Midwest.”

The full Eats lineup is available below:

American Soul Food  
Andre’s Louisiana Seafood
BD’s Mongolian Grill 
Bowlder’s Concession
Café Muse
Café Sushi  
Cool Jacks
Famous Dave’s  
Fun Food’s
Green Lantern Pizzeria & Lounge 
Holy Smokes
Jackson’s 5 Star Catering  
La Dulce
La Marsa 
Lockhart’s BBQ
Marconi’s Pizza 
Mercurio Foods
Monkey Business  
Monty’s Beef Co.
Noodles & Co. 
Peking House
Srodek’s Polish Deli 
Redwood Grill
Rockefellers Oyster Bar 
Ryba’s Fudge
Saigon Diamond  
Sister Loves Treats Italian Ice
Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine 
Taste and Tell
Treat Dreams 
Union Jacks
Vintage House 
Woodpile BBQ
Yuzu Sushi