This year’s festival also presents an exciting selection of music from Africa, including performances by Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6; Samba Mapangala (Congo/Kenya) at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7).
Latin-influenced sounds come from MAKU Sound System with Latin ska and funk at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29; and Matuto’s Brazilian bluegrass at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and the intriguing combination of Ozomatli with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, mixing Latin rock, hip hop and classical at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7.
The 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 Revue closes out the festival with a re-teaming of two members of the seminal Detroit band MC5 – guitarist Wayne Kramer and drummer Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson – on the Main Stage at historic Orchestra Hall.
Curated by its founder, Ismael Ahmed, the Concert of Colors festival celebrates the diverse global origins of metro Detroiters, as well as the indigenous sounds of the city. The festival is produced by the Arab American National Museum, with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Midtown Detroit Inc., MOCAD, University of Michigan – Detroit Center, Michigan State University Community Music School and ACCESS.
The Concert of Colors is made possible by many generous, community-minded businesses and organizations, led by presenting sponsor Ford Foundation and Meijer, Comerica, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, DTE Energy, HAP, New Center Park, University of Michigan – Dearborn, Scarab Club, Polk and Miller Canfield.
All performances are free and open to the public; all venues are located on or near Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. Find the latest news and complete schedule at www.concertofcolors.com.