Friday evening was day two of the 2013 diversity festival The Concert of Colors. The festival is a celebration of the great diversity of Southeast Michigan and presents music from around the world.
The energenic and photogenic award winning multicultural funk/jazz group October Babies opened the evening with a show that rocked crowd gathered on the South lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Lead singer Toko Shiiki lead the band in a rousing set that got the crowd going.
Returning to the Concert of Colors after five years was Lafayette, Louisiana based Feufollet. Feufollet got the crowd dancing with their brand of indie cajun rock.They included cajun/french favorites and several of their own compositions. They got the crowd dancing with a cover of the Beach Boys hit "Heroes and Villans".
Following the music on the South Lawn, the Detroit Film Theatre presented the documentary Louder than Love. The Tony D'Annunzio film celebrates the 1960s rock palace the Grande Ballroom. Many great rock bands made their name at the Grande including the MC5, Bob Seger, the Frost and others,
The Concert of Colors continues through the weekend at the Max Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit. Great fun and a great purpose.
© 2013 Tim Marks