Don Was returns to Concert of Colors



We don’t know the full lineup yet, but the folks at Concert of Colors have announced two headliners of note for the July 18-19 affair.

From Mali, there’s Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the late Ali Farka Touré. The elder Touré, who died in 2006, was one of the African musicians who caught the ears of American audiences in the first world-music wave in the 1980s, playing a style of African guitar that was both a root of American blues and influenced by American blues at the same time. His son is following in those musical footsteps.

Meanwhile, homecoming super-producer Don Was will reconvene a cavalcade of Detroit stars, much as he did in the Detroit Super Session he led last year. Sometimes playing along with, sometimes just playing the role of enthusiastic emcee, Was ushered the likes of Black Merda, Black Bottom Collective, John Sinclair, Faruq Z. Bey, Mitch Ryder, the Sisters Lucas and others onstage, a format Was compared to the old Dick Clark shows.

More details on the session lineup and other headliners will be posted in the weeks to come at

The festival, which had Chrysler’s title sponsorship for a number of years, is downsizing this time around from four days to two. The search continues for a major new sponsor, Hassan Jaber, executive director of ACCESS, said in a press release Tuesday, as he thanked “Meijer, Comerica and AT&T for sticking with Concert of Colors during these challenging times, and Yelp Detroit for joining us this year as a media sponsor.”

The 17th annual celebration of Detroit’s cultural diversity takes place, as it has in recent years, in and around the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. It’s presented by a partnership of ACCESS, the Arab American National Museum, New Detroit and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Local vendors will set up shop on Parsons Street for food and merch, while fest-goers are also encouraged to bring picnic baskets and dine al fresco on the lawn amid Louise Nevelson sculptures.

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