Arts, Beats & Eats shifts to virtual and socially distant offerings to support local businesses, raise $500,000 for Detroit’s music community
By Chelsie Dzbanski
Featured photo via Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats Facebook
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Oak’s annual Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats festival has been cancelled this year. But Metro Detroiters can still show their love for the local Labor Day tradition — and take in great art, music and food — via virtual and socially distant events.
Customers can preview participating artists’ work online and schedule a one hour visit with up to 20 artists to view and purchase items in person. Fifty guests per hour and one visitor per booth allow for proper social distancing measures. Mandatory mask wearing and markers placed 6 feet apart for those waiting to view art will also be implemented. All booths will be situated 10 feet apart.
This option will be available on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 only. Tickets are $5 per guest. Visit artsbeatseats.com/art-by-appointment for a list of participating artists and ticket purchase.
The beat will go on with a virtual showcase and drive-in concert series featuring over 200 musical acts. With a goal of raising over $500,000 for the local music community, ticket sales from the drive-in concert will benefit local musicians that derive 50% or more of their income from music.
Music lovers craving a live performance will have the option to attend up to five shows per day, from the comfort of their own car, at the fest’s traditional national stage parking lot. With room for 50 vehicles per show, you can jam out to 30-minute live performances by Michigan bands. (Vehicles will be required to park more than 15 feet apart to ensure proper social distancing.) Tickets are $30 for two people per vehicle and can be purchased at artsbeatseats.com/drivein-concert-series.
In addition to the drive-in concert option, you can tune in to a free virtual concert that will feature 200 performances across 15 genres. From blues and country to rock, pop and more, hear artists including The Beggars, Paulina Jayne, Joe Barksdale and many more.
For a full schedule of participating artists and their live performances visit, artsbeatseats.com/virtual-showcase-supporting-local-musicians.
What would be Arts, Beats & Eats, without good eats? “Eats on Your Street” will bring locally owned food trucks to Royal Oak neighborhoods and surrounding communities. The list of participating neighborhoods will not be publicized to ensure that these events stay for neighbors only. Those interested in participating can submit information at artsbeatseats.com/eats-on-your-streets.
For more information visit artsbeatseats.com.