Panic! at the Disco in Royal Oak @ Arts, Beats, & Eats 9/2/2011 (Photos and Review)

Coachella? Lolla? SXSW? Sure, they’re great…But the small city of Royal Oak has been pulling together their own mini music festival full of great acts at an unbeatable price. The city was able to snag Panic at the Disco before the band sets out on their Fall tour. Panic! singer, Brendon Urie, quickly commented to the crowd how hot it was in Detroit and teased that he may have to remove some clothing if the audience is willing to as well. Record temperatures or not, Panic! at the Disco put on a lively, full-sounding performance complete with great lighting, superb musicianship, and Urie’s  distinctive and lyrical voice. You didn’t have to be wearing colored skinny jeans or have artfully-cut shaggy hair in order to bounce around to Panic!’s brand of music. My favorite moment was when Urie slowed things down and sang “Always.” It’s a great song, and I liked that night’s rendition. A good time was had by all, and I’m guessing Panic! earned some additional fans due to their premium performance.

SETLIST as deciphered by

  1. (with Personal Jesus snippet)
  2. Encore:
  3. (Kansas cover)
  4. (Marvin Gaye cover)
  5. Look at these two guys having fun!

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Downtown Royal Oak (Photos and Review) 9/2/2011

On Friday, I was excited to finally see for myself why Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is one of the most talked about emerging bands of the moment. They did not disappoint, in fact they were even more upbeat, fun and funky than I had realized since I had never seen them live before. Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott came across on stage as laid-back, genuinely nice, but also awesomely talented. The guys encouraged the audience members to forget about how silly they may appear to their neighbor in the audience and let loose. It was entertaining to see a diverse crowd of young and old enjoying the performance. DEJ finished off their set with a quirky and clever cover of Whitney Houston’s “I wanna Dance with Somebody.” The band is set to start their Fall tour. It looks like Michigan has yet another musical success!