In anticipation of the 2011 Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival coming to Royal Oak Labor Day weekend, the Urbane Life will be talking to some of the festivalâ€™s biggest and best bands and performers. Keep checking back to keep up on this yearâ€™s acts.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Stage, Friday Sept. 2, 2 to 3pm
Cats and the Fiddler are veterans of the Mitch Albom radio show and they’re only 16 years old. The Michigan youths play a brand of bluegrass heavy on precision and execution. The band’s management group convinced the teens to put down the fiddles for a second to answer ourÂ Urbane Life A.B.E. Q&Aâ€™s:
Q:Â The Arts: What artist or piece of artwork best represents your band?
A:Â The members of Cats and the Fiddler felt that DaVinci is the artist that represents them best Â for hisÂ Igenuity and Precision
Q:Â The Beats: Name your Top 5 Michigan musicians/bands of all time.
A:Â The Band members (all 16 years old)Â chose the following Michigan musicians:Â Bob Seger,Â Kid Rock,Â Eminem,Â Jill Jack,Â Neil Woodward (state troubadour)
Q:Â The Eats: Whatâ€™s the best restaurant in Metro Detroit?
A:Â All the band members (twin brothers and a first cousin) are half Italian so they chose Alfoccinos serving Italian food
Ford Focus Stage, Saturday Sept. 3, 2 to 3pm
Michael Bermudez is fresh off the release of his ‘Scatterred Hopeless Hearts’ LP. The local songwriter, a regular on WDET’s Essential Music program, spent some time at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Here are a few of his answers to ourÂ Urbane Life A.B.E. Q&Aâ€™s:
Q:Â What artist or piece of artwork best represents your band?
A:Â John â€śCrashâ€ť Matos – Pioneer of the Graffiti art movement. Everything heâ€™s done blows me away from the guitars heâ€™s done for Fender/Eric Clapton to all the works on canvas. Heâ€™s been a great friend contributing artwork to all my records.
Q:Â Favorite music festival moment of all time.
A:Â Bonnaroo 2005 watching Herbie Hancock with the Headhunters 05 arguably the best players at every instrument in one group, it was a real maserclass.
Q:Â Thereâ€™s over 200 bands playing the festival. What is it about your band that people will remember you for?
A:Â Getting rocked sensitively.
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