By: Jon Corrigan
The unmistakable musical hook from one of the most iconic hits of the 1980s will undoubtedly ring through downtown Royal Oak during this year’s edition of Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.
That’s right, Salt-N-Pepa will be in the house, and they’ll probably want you to push it, push it real good.
Now in its 18th year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats promises to once again bring an exciting and varied lineup of national and local musical acts — including the retro rappers — to the streets of Royal Oak on Labor Day weekend, September 4-7.
Featuring more than 200 local bands and entertainers performing for crowds on nine stages, with well-known national acts taking to the Michigan Lottery Stage, the 2015 diverse musical lineup is meant to thrill guests of all ages and musical tastes.
Located between Main and Center streets at 7th Street, the official list of confirmed national acts includes country music star Kip Moore, emerging alternative rock bands Neon Trees andYoung the Giant, world-famous rock groups Cheap Trick, and The Guess Who, legendary hip-hop act Salt-N-Pepa and the ultimate tribute band, Beatlemania.
Other scheduled national acts include rock/pop band Gin Blossoms and alternative/hard rock group Puddle of Mudd, while country music is strongly represented by James Otto and Lucy Angel.
There is also be a strong local flavor on the stage with performances by Stewart Francke, Big Pappa & The Machine, Sean Forbes, Lori Flynn, Kaleido and Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse.
Michigan Lottery National Stage:
Friday, September 4
4:30 p.m. Lori Flynn (Singer Songwriter)
5:30 p.m. Beatlemania (Tribute)
8:00 p.m. Cheap Trick (Rock)
10:15 p.m. Puddle of Mudd (Pop/Rock)
Saturday, September 5
11:00 a.m. Priority Health Zumbathon® Celebration
5:00 p.m. Stewart Francke (Soul)
6:15 p.m. Big Pappa & The Machine (Rock/Funk/Pop)
7:30 p.m. Sean Forbes (Hip-hop)
8:15 p.m. Gin Blossoms (Rock/Pop)
10:00 p.m. Neon Trees (Alternative Rock)
Sunday, September 6
4:45 p.m. Lucy Angel (Country)
5:45 p.m. James Otto (Country)
7:00 p.m. Kip Moore (Country/Rock)
9:00 p.m. Kaleido (Rock)
10:00 p.m. Young the Giant (Indie Rock)
Monday, September 7
4:30 p.m. Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse (Rock/Classic Rock)
6:45 p.m. The Guess Who (Classic Rock)
8:30 p.m. Salt-N-Pepa (Hip-hop)