See Arts, Beats & Eats music schedule as Royal Oak fest gets underway

Nick Hexum of the band 311 performs at the Ryman Auditorium on March 28, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

In 1998, the Arts, Beats & Eats festival came to life with three music stages, free admission and $375,000 in sponsorship support.

This weekend, the Oakland County fixture will notch its 25th edition, bringing more than 200 performers, 150 artists and 50 food vendors to downtown Royal Oak, with a four-day weather outlook that — at the moment — is mercifully free of rain.

What began as an off-the-cuff idea from late Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has since cemented its place as Michigan’s biggest Labor Day weekend festival, drawing tens of thousands daily. Officially called Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by Flagstar Bank, the fest will rev up at 11 a.m. Friday and continue through Monday.

The 2022 edition of Arts, Beats & Eats will mark the festival's 25th year and its 13th in Royal Oak.

On the music front, the newly anointed Jim Beam National Stage will feature headliners Fitz & the Tantrums (9:30 p.m. Friday), 311 (9:30 p.m. Saturday), Sponge (9:45 p.m. Sunday) and Flo Rida (7:45 p.m. Monday).

They’re part of a main-stage lineup that also includes hard rock band Chevelle, a joint performance by rapper Rob Base and singer Montell Jordan, funk group Average White Band, country artists Chase Rice and Jackson Dean, and Boston lead singer Tommy DeCarlo.