The 2009 Concert of Colors – metro Detroit’s beloved free diversity-themed music festival – will present rising and established acts, bring back past favorites, and offer more free and outdoor activities while forging ahead in its mission to shed light on and celebrate cultural diversity through music.
Headliners for the 17th annual festival – Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit – are West African bluesman Vieux Farka Toure, whose brand new CD Fondo (Six Degrees) got a strong review in the New York Times; hot Hoboken-based alternative rockers Yo La Tengo, making their Concert of Colors debut; and Concert of Colors favorite, the American soul legend Aaron Neville, this time with his Quintet featuring Charles Neville.
The resounding success of 2008’s Don Was Detroit Super Session, a high-wattage showcase of notable area rockers, has led the mega-producer to reprise the event with an all-new once-in-a-lifetime lineup including: Sir Mack Rice (Mustang Sally); Amp Fiddler; Scott Morgan’s Powertrane; Question Mark (96 Tears); Thornetta Davis; Teegarden & Van Winkle (God, Love and Rock & Roll); Blanche; Gorevette (Amy Gore and Nikki Corvette); The Go; The Upscale; The Layabouts; and Mick Bassett and the Marthas.
The electric Detroit Super Session II house band will be comprised of Terry “Thunder” Hughley on drums; Academy Award-winning songwriter Luis Resto (Eminem’s Lose Yourself) on keyboards; Brian “Roscoe” White on guitar and Don Was – a founding member of the Detroit funk outfit Was (Not Was) and a multiple Grammy Award-winning producer – on bass. And once again, Was will be videotaping the Super Session for his Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music on the website www.mydamnchannel.com, where a series of videos from the 2008 Super Session may still be viewed.
Rounding out the glowing 2009 Concert of Colors lineup are: Native American singer/songwriter Joe Reilly; folkmeister Dick Siegel; the steaming Latin strains of Orquesta La Inspiracion; Latin funksters Grupo Fantasma; Mazaj (Arabic folk-blues); family-friendly punk rockers Candy Band; Galitcha (East Indian traditional w/ jazz and folk); reggae/dancehall experts Roots Vibration; and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (accordion-driven dance music).
All Concert of Colors performances are free and open to the public. Call 313.624.0215 or visit www.concertofcolors.com for complete schedule information