Amy Gore, formerly of famed Detroit rock outfits Gore Gore Girls and Gorevette, showcases her new all-star band on Sunday, September 4 at Arts, Beats and Eats. Amy Gore and Her Valentines will perform on the Budweiser Rock Stage at 8 p.m. In addition to formidable front woman Amy Gore (who has toured nationally with music legends Blondie and The Cramps), the band features a who’s who of Detroit rock royalty including Jackson Smith on guitar (punk-rock icon Patti Smith’s son and member of her Patti Smith Group), former Von Bondie’s bassist Leann Banks, and Joe Leone (Fletcher Pratt, Grayling) on drums.
Although debuting as Amy Gore and The Squires at the 2011 Metro Times Blow Out as a one off, the energy and personnel of the band was a palatable match. The group decided to continue – but after a particularly prolific week of songwriting over Valentines’ Day, the Squires metaphorically laid down their swords and “Her Valentines” were born.
The super group is a departure from Gore’s punk rock roots. Amy Gore and Her Valentines mine alternative country terrain while still showcasing a pop sensibility with nods to The Supremes and early Motown. It’s power pop Americana with an edge.
Amy Gore and Her Valentines are currently recording with Kid Rock engineer Al Sutton at his acclaimed Rustbelt Studios, and are in early negotiations with several labels over the band’s forthcoming release. Also on the books is a video shoot for their first single “So Lost Now” with Brittin Richter, producer and director of the latest esQuire video, “Enjoy Yourself.”
Don’t miss what’s sure to be one of the most exciting performances of the festival!
Full schedule available HERE.
About Arts, Beats & Eats:
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Citizens Bank was founded to celebrate the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and food exhibits, from the Metro Detroit area, and throughout the United States. In November of 2009, Arts, Beats & Eats announced it would be moving from its former location in the City of Pontiac to Downtown Royal Oak.
The festival was designed to provide outstanding family entertainment at a very low cost. In 2009 the festival added an admission fee. This $3 admission fee supports the festival and community as follows: .25 to Arts Advocacy, .25 to the City of Royal Oak, and 50% of the remaining admission fees to 13 local charities after gating costs. For a list of non-profit partners that will share our admission fee, click here. To date, over $2 million raised by Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has been donated to charity.
Now entering its fourteenth year, Arts, Beats and Eats has celebrated many successes, including attracting large crowds each year, earning top rankings for its juried fine arts show, securing top national entertainment, and providing unique interactive programs for the family. Past music performers at Arts, Beats & Eats have included Brian McKnight, Montgomery Gentry, Live, The B52’s, Wilco, The Isley Brothers, Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Martina McBride, G Love & Special Sauce, David Benoit, Jodee Messina, Blues Traveler, 38 Special, Rick Springfield, and many more. The festival has something to offer to everyone, in a child-friendly, safe and secure environment.