Ford Arts, Beats & Eats...
for a Great Cause!
Arts du Jour is the official charity preview event of Ford Arts, Beats & Eats. The event will take place in Downtown Royal Oak on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
The purpose of Arts du Jour is to raise money and awareness for local charities, while giving attendees a special preview of the 2013 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival. The event will feature live music performances from four of the bands performing at Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, art exhibits from festival artists, as well as more than 50 restaurants serving tastes, including many from the Labor Day weekend festival.The event benefits ten local non-profits by donating 75% of each ticket sold to the charity of the purchasers’ choice.
Arts du Jour is excited to announce a new location for the 2013 event. This year’s event will take place outside the Royal Oak Library on Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza and Veteran Memorial Plaza, just across Troy Street from the Royal Oak Farmers Market. A few restaurants will also be located inside the Library.
New in 2013!
Two Ticket Options are available for this year’s event.
General Admission Ticket: $65
- 6:30pm - 10:00pm
- Three Drink Ticket Vouchers
- Free Parking at Farmer’s Market Parking Lot
VIP Ticket: $100
- Early Access to the event – 6:00pm
- Access to VIP Lounge Area
- Mixology Competition featuring local bartenders in VIP Lounge 6:00pm - 7:15pm
- Sparkling Barefoot Wine Champagne Cocktails in VIP Lounge 7:30pm - 9:30pm
- Complimentary Valet Parking
- Three Drink Ticket Vouchers
2013 Partnering Non-Profit Organizations: American Cancer Society, Blessings in a Backpack, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Oakland, Forgotten Harvest, Michigan Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, Royal Oak High School Boosters, The Rainbow Connection, Rose Hill Center and South Oakland Shelter.
Library Steps Stage
> 6:00pm-7:30pm: Killer Flamingos
> 7:40pm: Event Presentation
> 8:15pm-10:00pm: Otto Vector
> 6:00pm-7:30pm: Tom Butwin
> 8:15pm-10:00pm: Candace Sosa with special guest RJ Clark
The Killer Flamingos have been voted Best Band in Detroit in 2008, 2009, and 2011 by Hour Magazine, WDIV4 Click on Detroit Best band in 2008, 2009, and 2010, Ann Arbor Current Magazine Best Band in Ann Arbor in both 2008 & 2009, and Ambassador Magazine's Red Seal Awards Best Band 2012. An infectious blend of pop, rock, and electronica, Killer Flamingos produce a sound that is turning heads and capturing listeners everywhere. Anyone who has seen The Killer Flamingos can attest to their amazing live show. Superb musicianship, explosive stage presence, and concert-style performance have secured the band an important place on the Detroit music scene. This quintet consists of vocalist Michelle Carravallah, Darren Drake on keyboards, guitarist Todd Best, David Gondoly on bass guitar, and Tim Webber on drums. The Killer Flamingos have quickly amassed a huge following of devoted fans throughout the state and beyond, and have gained widespread recognition as one of the best bands in Detroit. The band has opened for national acts such as Sloan and Grammy winners, OK Go.
Nurtured by the proud traditions of Motown, techno and legendary rock influences, Detroit natives OTTO VECTOR challenge and blur the prototypical pop/rock boundaries with their uniquely accessible synth-rock musical style. Formed in 2002 to explore the universe of electronic songwriting, Mike “Sonic” Glaser and Andrew “Ginseng” Lemanek experimented with technology and pop music to create their personal brand of sound. With a desire to both expand their sonic palette and to perform as a live band, the duo recruited fellow musicians William Daviddi, Dan Lee, vocalist Renee’ Miller, and a never-ending stream of gadgets and electronic devices. OttO Vector was LIVE! OttO Vector has self-released the albums Kernel 2: Dimitri’s Revenge OST (2013), EP 604 (2011), 14 North Cedgwick (2010), 5 Bits To Byte (2007), (2006) and dv2.5 (2004), and was featured on FEED (The Movie Soundtrack) (2006).
Tom Butwin was raised on a healthy musical diet of George Harrison, Billy Joel, and Michael Jackson, and his folk-inspired brand of soul pop stands out when compared with the "grittier" sound usually associated with Detroit. Butwin uses acoustic instruments, horns, lush vocals, & radio-ready arrangements to fit right alongside singer/songwriters like Matt Wertz, John Mayer, & Jason Mraz, both on record and during live shows. With his full band and acoustic duo performances, Tom Butwin is quickly becoming a Michigan festival staple after performances at the 2008 & 2012 Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats festivals, 2013 Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 2013Detroit River Days Festival, and his stand-out showing on the main stage and secondary stage at the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival alongside Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, & the Grateful Dead. Look for Tom at many more Michigan festivals and venues throughout 2013 promoting and playing songs from This& Hereafter.