The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mavis Staples and the third annual Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue are among the featured acts at this year's 18th Concert of Colors, which takes place July 16-18 in Detroit's Cultural Center area.
The free festival kicks off July 16 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, then moves down Woodward Avenue to the Max M. Fisher Music Center for the next two nights.
This year's Was-curated revue takes place at 8:30 p.m. July 17 at Orchestra Hall and will feature performances by Alberta Adams, Motown veterans Kim Weston, Jimmy Ruffin and Dennis Coffey, Marshall Crenshaw, Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment, Ingray, the Motor City Horns, Niagra, Outrageous Cherry, the Satin Peaches, G Q Geta, Jere Stormer and the Sun Messengers.
The show will be filmed and subsequently presented on the Don Was Cavalcade of Recorded Music at www.mydamnchannel.com.
The DSO will perform at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., July 16, at the DIA and then present a repertoire of traditional Arabic and classical Western styles with violinist Simon Shaheen at 3:45 p.m., July 18, at Orchestra Hall, while Staples graces the same stage at 8:30 that night.
Other performers on the Concert of Colors multicultural schedule — which will be formally announced at the DIA’s Friday Night Live tonight include Kenge Kenge, Bill Miller, sacred steel guitarist Calvin Cooke, October Babies, Zap Toro, a Southwest Detroit Latin Super Session, the Rev. Cool Arkestra, Red Baraat, the Basiks, Muruga & the Rainforest Band, the Codgers, Tlen-Huicani and storyteller Ivory D. Williams.
The festival also will include a screening of the 1931 Spanish language version of "Dracula" on July 16 at the Detroit Film Theatre and free admission to the DIA’s current exhibit, "Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present."
Some new features at this year's Concert of Colors include Diversity Games on July 17, a Farmers Market on July 18 and a Gleaners Community Food Bank drive that will take place July 17-18.
The full schedule and other festival information will be available at www.concertofcolors.com.
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