25th Annual Concert of Colors Celebrates Detroit’s Diversity July 12-16


What happens when the Arab American National Museum partners with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and University of Michigan – Detroit Center? One incredible free music festival that celebrates the rich diversity of the Metro Detroit region. Celebrating its 25th year, the 2017 Concert of Colors is back bigger and better than ever, taking over Midtown Detroit Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 16. There are also a number workshops, lectures and more throughout the region.

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. Originally held at Chene Park, along Detroit’s riverfront, the nationally renowned festival moved to its current home in the heart of Midtown in 2005. Since then, Concert of Colors has grown its footprint, expanding to four days over six different stages throughout the cultural hub. While performances from some of the best world music artists in the region is the core of the festival, the event offers something for everyone, from delectable bites, to over 100 vendors with goods from wearable art and specially crafted bath and beauty products. Back this year is the Forum on Community, Culture and Race.

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.

Highlights of the 2017 Concert of Colors

With so many activations to explore here is the QLINE Detroit guide to your can’t miss performances and more.


Wednesday, July, 12
Third Man Records
Canfield South Station
441 W. Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201
8:30 p.m. Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder

Thursday, July 13
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.

Friday, July 14
Warren Northbound Station
John R Stage
On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Michigan Science Center and John R. John R. will be closed from Farnsworth to Warren.
Rain Venue: Detroit Film Theater at DIA.
7:30 p.m. Kuumba
9:30 p.m. Griot Galaxy
9 p.m. Aurora Harris

Saturday, July 15
MLK Southbound Station
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

Sunday, July 16
MLK Southbound Station
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
5:30 p.m. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®
3 p.m. Martha Redbone
Comerica Diversity Stage The Cube
9:30 p.m. Rocky Dawuni
7 p.m. Mokoomba
4:30 p.m. Laura Rain & the Caesars
2 p.m. Sun Messengers