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Five Beats to catch in Royal Oak this weekend

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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There will be Arts and Eats and carnival rides, kids activities, shopping and more in downtown Royal Oak this weekend. But the tough choice is always the Beats.

Arts, Beats & Eats will host its usual wide array of music more than 200 acts on nine stages around the festival grounds from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. There are big national touring acts and plenty of familiar local names, including the Orbitsuns, Howling Diablos, the Corktown Popes, Paulina Jayne, Gasoline Gypsies, the Muggs, Your Generation in Concert and DJs sponsored by the Movement Music Festival.

You can stop anywhere at any time and hear something good, but here's our pick for five note-to-miss performances this weekend:

The thunderous sounds of Raion Taiko with the Godaiko Drummers, 9:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, on the Flagstar Bank International Stage.

Motown-style soul from Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits, 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Metro By T-Mobile R&B/Jazz Stage.

A solid country block from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 on the Michigan Lottery National Stage with Matt Austin, Walker Hayes, Phil Vasser and Randy Houser.

Old-school Motown with the Four Tops, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 on the Michigan Lottery National Stage.

Bluegrass lightning from Thunderwude, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2 on the OCC Cultural Acoustic Stage.

All performances are free with festival admission, $3-$7 depending on time of day, with VIP seating also available. artsbeatseats.com.

Web Site: www.artsbeatseats.com

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