Detroit Center To Host Wolverine Outdoor Stage at 23rd Annual Concert of Colors

by | Jun 11, 2015

Entering its 23rd year, Detroit’s annual diversity festival, the Concert of Colors, returns July 4, and 9-12 for five days of free music and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Michigan Detroit Center will host the Wolverine Outdoor Stage on July 11-12 in the courtyard of Orchestra Place. With 16 local acts in the lineup, concert goers will find themselves immersed in multiple musical genres ranging from funk and folk to pop and jazz.

Back by popular demand, R&B group and winners of the Global Battle of the Bands, HotSauce, will return with their high-energy, larger than life stage performance and their award-winning original music.

New to this year’s Concert of Colors lineup, Alyssa Simmons is also ready to own the Wolverine Outdoor Stage with her particular flavor of old school rock n’ roll chick meets the pop princess. Although this is Simmons’ first appearance at the Concert of Colors, she is a seasoned professional with an impressive resume that includes serving as the opening act for nationally renowned artists Randy Travis, Diamond Trio and The Smothers Brothers.

This two-day weekend event packs eight amazing acts into each day. Saturday, local R&B vocalist Annamaria Austin takes the stage followed by reggae band Roots Vibrations, the hard rock sounds of Screw, and blues singer/songwriter Kate Monaghan. Sunday promises more of the same eclectic sounds that the Concert of Colors has become famous for with the blues-rock Chris Canas Band, folk singers Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke and the high-energy jazz band, Sean Dobbins Organ Group. There are several other equally awesome acts to keep you engaged and entertained all weekend long.

The Outdoor Stage is located behind Orchestra Place, between Parsons and Martin Luther King Blvd. This is a free, family-friendly event; people of all ages are invited to attend.

In 1993, the vision and collaborative efforts of New Detroit and ACCESS, known as the Concert of Colors, came to life as a one-day event on the riverfront at Chene Park. By 2001, more than 100,000 people were celebrating Detroit’s 300th birthday at the festival. Twenty-Three years later the Concert of Colors has morphed into a five-day event celebrating Metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups through music.

From its modest beginning, the Concert of Colors music festival has expanded over the years. In 2005, Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit hosted the night’s opening act. By 2006, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra had become a permanent partner and the Max M. Fisher Music Center had become the home for the entire festival with three stages, including an outdoor venue.

In 2010, the Detroit Institute of Arts joined in and became a second locale for the Concert of Colors. In 2011, the University of Michigan began sponsoring the Wolverine Outdoor Stage.

This event is made for music lovers of all ages. Concertgoers can also expect delicious ethnic food and vendor merchandise.

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