Concert of Colors

Concert of ColorsABOUT THE FESTIVAL: 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 including the University of Michigan Detroit Center, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and Midtown Detroit Inc.

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 23-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.

DETROIT CENTER INVOLVEMENT: Beginning in 2011, the University of Michigan Detroit Center began hosting the outdoor portion of the festival, now know as the Wolverine Outdoor Stage (WOS). In the spirit of the festival, the WOS offer a diverse collection of music that continues to draw larger crowds with each passing year. The Wolverine Outdoor Stage is located in the Sonick Courtyard behind the U-M Detroit Center/Orchestra Place building.

APPLICATION: The 2017 lineup for the outdoor stage is complete. To be considered as a performer for 2018, please fill out the application form.


Date: July 12-16

Location: Multiple venues across Midtown Detroit

Performances include the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, Don Was All-Star Revue: Music of Rebellion, Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder, Griot Galaxy, and more.

JULY 15 (Saturday)

Sonick Courtyard (behind Detroit Center/Orchestra Place building)

  • 1:00 pm | The Misfit Jazz Quintet |Jazz|  
  • 2:30 pm | Sumkali Indian |Fusion|
  • 4:00 pm | Charlie Dentel and the Strange Angels |Rock|
  • 5:30 pm | Isis Damil |R&B| 
  • 7:00 pm | The Emma Lee Jazz Quartet |Jazz|
  • 8:30 pm | The Chris Canas Band |Blues|

JULY 16 (Sunday)
Sonick Courtyard (behind Detroit Center/Orchestra Place building)

  • 1:00 pm | NDeep |Soul|
  • 2:30 pm | Bad Ronald Revival |Acoustic|
  • 4:00 pm | Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet |World|
  • 5:30 pm | C3 and the Third Generation Band |R&B|
  • 7:00 pm | Sean Dobbins |Jazz|
  • 8:30 pm | Bill Moss Jr. |Gospel|

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