True to its title, the Concert of Colors will present a wide spectrum of musical shades when it kicks off its 16th annual installment on Thursday (July 17) at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Produced by ACCESS and the Arab American National Museum, the four-day free “diversity festival” begins with a performance by singer Buffy Sainte Marie with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. On subsequent days, the show expands to two and three stages situated around the Max, with headline performances by: Mavis Staples and Brave Combo on Friday (July 18), Rickie Lee Jones, the Machito Orchestra’s 20-year reunion and Soul Clique’s 10-year anniversary show on Saturday (July 19); and Michelle Shocked and Toots & the Maytals on Sunday (July 20).
Sunday will also host what’s arguably the Concert of Colors’ hottest show, a Detroit Super Session put together by Don Was of Was (Not Was) featuring MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, John Sinclair, Lola Morales and members of Detroit groups the Dirtbombs, the Detroit Cobras and Black Bottom Collective, with other guests expected.
Others performing during the festival include Terrance Simien, Thornetta Davis, the Hot Club of Detroit, Sista Otis and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. There also will be crafts exhibitions and sales, children’s activities and ethnic foods. A forum on drumming, “The Rhythm That Beats in All of Us,” takes place at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The multimedia exhibition “Concert of Colors: Exposed,” meanwhile, is running through Aug. 31 at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. For information about the Concert of Colors, call (313) 576-5111 or visit www.concertofcolors.com.
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