Arts, Beats and Eats VS. Detroit Jazz Fest

when i used to live in the ‘burbs, going to the Arts, Beats and Eats festival up in Pontiac was the festival to go to, but now that i live in the city, i don’t even consider heading out there in light of the Detroit Jazz Festival… having gone to both, they have totally different feels… ABE is a whole bunch of stuff (hence the name) where DJF is like a certain type of music with some food… i’ll take the DJF over the ABE anyday… better music (IMO) and Pontiac ain’t got nothin’ on the D…

so what are your guys’ thoughts on these festivals??? does anyone go to both??? which one do you prefer??? i wish they didn’t put them on the same weekend because maybe more people would go to both if they were on different weekends???

3 Comments so far

  1. Johnny (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    I have been going to the Detroit Jazz Fest for as long as I can remember. My dad would take me every year. Now an adult I still have yet to miss a labor day weekend down in Hart Plaza.

    I went to ABE once. It was either the first or second year. I wasn’t impressed and never returned. The Jazz Fest will always win my vote. Its a different crowd, one I feel much more welcome at.

    WDET’s Front Row Center (yeah, yeah…’boo DET’, whatever) last week talked about this with one of the heads for the DJF. Its a very interesting show to listen to. I’d suggest everyone to listen to the last episode on their site.


  2. Dave (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 9:34 am

    I was having the same debate. As a sportswriter, I’m swamped this weekend with the Lions, Shock and Tigers, so it looks like I’ll be doing DJF on Sunday and missing ABE altogether for the first time ever.

    It’s a lot easier to miss ABE now that I’m living in Royal Oak after 11 years in Pontiac.


  3. Tom (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    The Art, Beats, and Eats festival is cool, but it’s more like the travelling art fairs that go to a different town every weekend during the Summer. I’d rather go to the Jazz Fest because it’s something different and I like jazz very much.



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