We got the beats
Here are just some highlights of the musical acts playing Arts, Beats & Eats.
Published: August 29, 2012
The Cult Heroes
At 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Budweiser Rock Stage
As former Stooges roadies, the Cult Heroes, fronted by the inimitable Hiawatha Bailey, have learned from the very best. There will be no frills in this set, just attitude-laden, rough-as-fuck, beautiful punk rock.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Budweiser Rock Stage
Rachel May can sing any kind of music she puts her mind to, and she has a bunch of different projects to prove it. For this year's festival, however, she's returning to the hard-riffing, beefy, Motörhead-inspired all-girl hard rock machine Broadzilla, and she will surely kick all of our asses. Now be a gent and show the lady those devil horns.
The Howling Diablos
At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Budweiser Rock Stage
Tino's Diablos will likely swagger onto the stage, sunglasses in place, and then teach everybody in the audience what it means to be truly cool. Like, Sam Jackson in Pulp Fiction cool. The bluesy soul rock will raise some demons and Tino's husky rap will have us all shaking along.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, Budweiser Rock Stage
Kaleido, fronted by the teen-poster-girl-in-waiting Christina Chriss, is a radio-friendly pop-rock band that will appeal to fans of Paramore and the likes of Seether. The riffs are chunky but the melodies are bouncy. Beware though — there just might be a pit at the front for this bunch.
At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, Budweiser Rock Stage
One of the best live bands in Detroit, the Ruiners are a trashy, sleazy glam beast and they will likely pull out all the stops for this festival set. It'll be interesting to see the band perform in the daylight — they are used to the gloriously fitting surroundings of Detroit's many dive bars. But don't make the mistake of thinking that Rick Ruiner, Nina Friday and the rest will go all posh on us. They'll spit and set fires, and by the end we'll all be shell-shocked. Fucking YES.
At noon Saturday, Sept. 1, Made in Detroit Stage
Teen singer-songwriter Morgan has been winning national awards thanks to her poignant tunes, all of which seem to be about boys and the trouble they get her into. She means what she sings, which is refreshing for someone so young and, hey, it saves her buying a diary.
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