Iconic Nigerian musician King Sunny Adé, veteran salsa bandleader Eddie Palmieri, calypso king Mighty Sparrow and Japanese rock duo Cibo Matto will top the bill at the 2016 Concert of Colors, festival organizers announced today.
Those main-stage acts are among more than 50 style-spanning performers that will hit Midtown venues and outdoor spaces July 14-17 for the 24th edition of the event, produced by the Arab American National Museum and curated by Ismael Ahmed.
The free fest will also include the 9th Don Was All-Star Revue on July 16 at the Meijer Main Stage in Orchestra Hall, where hometown artists will perform the Top 10 selections from Detroit’s 100 Greatest Songs, the ongoing Free Press project that tapped votes from thousands of readers and hometown music experts. That event’s artist lineup will be announced in coming weeks.
Concert of Colors will start with a July 14 forum at Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum with artists speaking on Flint and Detroit water issues. Music will kick off the next evening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and other venues, with a screening of the 2014 documentary “Finding Fela” at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre.
Performances will continue through the weekend at the Charles H. Wright, the Scarab Club and the Max M. Fisher Music Center and nearby outdoor stages.
Detroit Free Press