Once again it is time for my favorite music event of the Summer. July 10th through the 13th marks the 22nd Annual Detroit Diversity Festival the Concert of Colors. Produced by the Arab American National Museum, its goal is to bring together metro Detroiters through the Diversity of music spanning Detroit and across the globe.
The Festival begins on Thursday evening at the Museum of African American History with Sun Ra and Mike Ellison.
On Friday evening the festivities move to the Detroit Institute of Arts presenting Latin Jazz from PanaMo and Baroque Avant Guarde from Cuddle Magic.
The Festival explodes with music on the weekend presenting fifteen acts on Saturday and fourteen more on Sunday.The diversity ranges from Detroit Rock and soul to the sounds of Cuba and Africa with lots in between. Here's a few things I'm really looking forward to.
On Saturday night producer Don Was will present the latest edition of his allstar review. The Don Was Allstar Revue: Bob Seger's Live Bullet Revisited. The show will consist of Detroit area bands such as The Detroit Cobras, The Corktown Popes and Doop and the Inside Outlaws covering the songs from Seger's signature album Live Bullet.
It gets even better on Sunday.
Detroit Blues great Thornetta Davis joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Grammy award- winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams to present a jazz/blues/classical fusion. In the words of the CoC website, "Get ready to experience some Saturday night gutbucket and Sunday morning go to meeting music with the always expressive Davis and her new DSO partners."
The big act on Sunday night reunites to legendary Detroiters, Wayne Kramer and Melvin Davis.
Soul legend Davis worked with MC5 guitarist Kramer back in the 1970s in the band Radiation.
This Rock and Soul Summit, Kramer + Davis, should electrify Orchestra Hall. I can't wait to see it.
The festival presents more than 30 different acts over the four days.
The Concert of Colors is not only a great weekend of music, it is a chance for Detroiters to come together and celebrate both their differences and commonalities. Viva la Difference.
More info at the Concert of Colors Website http://Concertofcolors.com
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