Don Was had one prevailing thought after he wrapped his fi rst Detroit Super Session at last year’s Concert of Colors. Doing it again this year.
So with the Concert of Colors continuing despite decreasing sponsor dollars, Was is indeed back on Saturday night (July 18) with another all-star group of Detroit-area musical luminaries, including the first local performance by onetime Bob Seger cohorts Teegarden & Van Winkle.
“The fun thing last year was that it was kind of like a little ‘Ed Sullivan Show,’ ” says Was (né Fagenson), 57, an Oak Park High School graduate who co-founded the group Was (Not Was) in Detroit and has gone on to produce the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger and many more. “Everything was different and spanned 40 years of music.
“It moved fast. It’ll move even faster this year; I’ve learned not to talk for an hour before every act. I had in my head I was supposed to talk while people were setting up to keep things moving ... Now, I’ll just let people set up and then introduce them real quickly.”
Was ran into Teegarden & Van Winkle when he and David Teegarden played with folk singer Pieta Brown and Skip Van Winkle attended the next night’s show. ? & the Mysterians (“96 Tears”) joined the bill when ? called Was and asked why he wasn’t booked on the 2008 show. Amp Fiddler is a longtime friend.
Also on Saturday’s Super Session II bill are Sir Mack Rice, Scott Morgan’s Powertrane, Thornetta Davis, Blanche, Gorevette, The Go, the Upscale, the Layabouts and Mick Bassett & the Marthas. The Super Session II house band includes Was on bass, Was (Not Was) alumnus Luis Resto on keyboards, Brian “Roscoe” White on guitar and Terry “Thunder” Hughley on drums.
As with last year’s show, the Super Session II performances will be taped for Webcast on Was’ channel at MyDamnChannel.com.
“Hopefully, there’s a Concert of Colors in the future and we’ll keep doing it,” Was says. “If there’s no Concert of Colors, maybe we’ll do it anyway. It’s sure a good thing, man. It had such a nice feel last year, and any way we can put Detroit and the city’s music out there for the world, I’m down with it.”
The 17th annual Concert of Colors takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (July 17-18) at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Admission is free. (313) 576-5111 or visit www.concertofcolors.com for schedules and other information.
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