Concert of Colors Artists

Click a date below to view the that day’s schedule.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Saturday, 15, 2017
Sunday, 16, 2017

All performances free and open to the public. Please note: schedule is subject to change.
All venues on or near Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit.

2017 Concert of Colors – Full Schedule [PDF]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

Doors at 6 p.m.

8:30 p.m. Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder (gospel)
7:30 p.m. Warren Defever (experimental/world)
6:30 p.m. Pure Heart Travelers (gospel)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arab American National Museum: The Annex @ AANM
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126

6:30-9:30 p.m. Forum on Community, Culture & Race — Art and Rebellion: Detroit Since ’67
Featuring keynote speaker and moderator Dr. Thomas Sugrue and performances by Abby Dobson and Las Cafeteras.
Free admission; RSVP to reserve your seat at

Friday, July 14, 2017

Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit

11 p.m.-1 a.m. After party with DJ Michael Elliott
Includes FREE admission to the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibit; light snacks and beverages available for purchase.

John R Stage
presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center and John R. John R. will be closed from Farnsworth to Warren.
RAIN VENUE: Detroit Film Theater at DIA.

9:30 p.m. Griot Galaxy (avant-garde jazz)
9 p.m. Aurora Harris (spoken word)
7:30 p.m. Kuumba (jazz/Latin/African)
7 p.m. Efe Bes (African fusion)
6:15 p.m. De’Sean Jones – Underground Resistance/Knomadik(electronic/experimental)
5:30 p.m. Onyx Ashanti (electronic/experimental)

Michigan Science Center is offering free admission between 3-5 p.m. RSVP here:

Alkebu-Lan Village
7701 Harper Ave., Detroit

2-4 p.m. Song, Dance & Drumming Workshop w/ Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)
All ages welcome! Free admission; RSVP to reserve a seat at

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

12 p.m. Las Cafeteras workshop + performance (folk,son jarocho, urban son)
Free admisson; RSVP to reserve a seat at

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.

Doors open at 1 p.m.

Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)

8 p.m. 10th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Music of Rebellion (rock/eclectic)
5:30 p.m. Sidestepper (Colombian electronica)
3:00 p.m. Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)

Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)

9:30 p.m. DJ Alsultany (world/electronic)
7 p.m. Las Cafeteras (folk, son jarocho, urban son)
4:30 p.m. Voices of Hope feat. Victor Ghannam + Ismael Duran (Arabic Latino fusion)
2 p.m. Yoga session with DJ Alsultany and Detroit Community Yoga(world/electronic)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan — Detroit Center)

8:30 p.m. Chris Canas Band (blues)
7 p.m. Emmalee Jazz Quartet (jazz)
5:30 p.m. Isis Damil (R&B)
4 p.m. Charlie Dentel + the Strange Angels (rock)
2:30 p.m. Sumkali (Indian fusion)
1 p.m. Misfit Jazz Quintet (jazz)

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit

2-4 p.m. White Panther Party: A Historic Reunion Commemorating the 1967 Rebellion (in the General Motors Theater)
Panelists: Pun Plamondon; Leni Sinclair; Genie Parker; John Sinclair. Moderator: Peter Werbe.

5-6 p.m. Book signing + merchandise for sale (in the Museum Store)

Detroit Insitute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

4:30 p.m. FILM: Mali Blues
In the Detroit Film Theater
2 p.m. FILM: Sita Sings the Blues
In the Detroit Film Theater

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Doors at 1 p.m.

Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)

8 p.m. Big 4 Palladium (Latin jazz)
5:30 p.m. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® (gospel/blues)
3 p.m. Martha Redbone (R&B/soul/indigenous)

Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)

9:30 p.m. Rocky Dawuni (Ghanian reggae/Afrobeat)
7 p.m. Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)
4:30 p.m. Laura Rain & the Caesars (soul/blues/R&B)
2 p.m. Sun Messengers (rock/electric)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan — Detroit Center)

8:30 p.m. Bill Moss Jr. (gospel)
7 p.m. Sean Dobbins (jazz)
5:30 p.m. C3 & The Third Generation Band (R&B)
4 p.m. Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (world)
2:30 p.m. Bad Ronald Revival (acoustic)
1 p.m. Ndeep (soul)

Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth St., Detroit

6:30 p.m. Alex Harding plays the music of John Coltrane (jazz/experimental)
(See also: FILM: Chasing Trane at Detroit Institute of Arts 4:30 p.m. Sunday)

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

4:30 p.m. FILM Chasing Trane
In the Detroit Film Theater

(See also: Alex Harding at Scarab Club 6:30 p.m. Sunday)
2 p.m. FILM Sita Sings the Blues
In the Detroit Film Theater

American Indian Health & Family Services
4880 Lawndale St., Detroit

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Community Talking Circle w/ Martha Redbone
All ages welcome! RSVP requested HERE.


The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. It is produced by the Arab American National Museum with partners Detroit Symphony OrchestraDetroit Institute of ArtsCharles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryACCESS and University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The goal of this five-day festival is uniting metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 25-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.

The Concert of Colors was established by Ismael Ahmed – the former head of the human services organization ACCESS – and New Detroit in 1993 as a one-day event at Chene Park on Detroit’s riverfront. The inaugural event drew a modest crowd to Chene Park, but by 1999, some 10,000 music lovers were coming out each year. The festival expanded to three days in 2001, when it was part of the official festivities for Detroit’s 300th birthday, drawing an audience of 100,000.

In 2005, the festival’s opening night performance was relocated to historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, the recently expanded home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). The DSO became a full partner in 2006 as the entire festival relocated to the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, with two indoor stages and one outdoor stage. In 2007, the festival grew to encompass four days of free live music. From June-August 2008, the Arab American National Museum presented a photo exhibition by official fest shooters Bruce Harkness and Rebecca Cook celebrating the festival’s historic performers over the years, called Concert of Colors: Exposed.

In 2010, the Detroit Institute of Arts joined this remarkable collaborative effort, becoming a second venue for Concert of Colors. In 2011, the number of festival venues expanded to four, with the addition of the Scarab Club and a new presenting partner, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Also in 2011, the University of Michigan Detroit Center began programming the Outdoor Stage at Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center; the following year, Michigan State University’s Detroit Center partnered with UM on the Outdoor Stage.

In recent years, attendance at the Concert of Colors has been about 80,000.

World music, including the indigenous music of the Motor City, is the major focus of the Concert of Colors, but not the only focus. The festival also offers ethnic food and merchandise vendors and in 2014, restored the annual Forum on Community, Culture and Race that began in 2006 but has not taken place for the last few years. The Forum is a conference featuring presentations and discussion among artists, people connected to cultural institutions and community leaders to examine the role of arts and culture in overcoming racial and ethnic barriers.