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 & WOLVERINE OUTDOOR STAGE: 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: To be considered as a performer for 2018, please fill out the application form.


Date: July 11-15

Location: Multiple venues across Midtown Detroit

Master of Ceremonies
Larry Castleberry
holds a 5th-degree black belt in the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido. As a result, he loves to intertwine the lessons of the martial art (discipline, perseverance, focus) with the lessons and experiences from his own life. He is an interactive storyteller who connects with the audience and has been telling stories since kindergarten (ask his mother!), and thoroughly enjoys the craft.

A member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers and Toast Masters International Larry has distinguished himself as a Competent Communicator Gold Member, competing and placing in numerous contests. Come hear this amazing storyteller delight and educate with his unique blend of theatrics, baritone voice and interaction with the audience.


JULY 14 (Saturday)

Sonick Courtyard (behind Detroit Center/Orchestra Place building)

1:00 PM SumKali Indian Fusion
 2:30 PM Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations R&B
 4:00 PM Aguanko Latin Jazz
5:30 PM The BlueFlowers Americana
7:00 PM Kevin Christian R&B
8:30 PM N4Structure Jazz

JULY 15 (Sunday)
Sonick Courtyard (behind Detroit Center/Orchestra Place building)

1:00 PM Sincerely Rock
 2:30 PM Obie King and the Reinforcements Funk
 4:00 PM Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet World
5:30 PM Harper and Midwest Kind Rock
7:00 PM Sean Dobbins Jazz
8:30 PM Kulture & TBA Jazz/Hip-Hop

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