Don Was, Bettye Lavette headline Concert of Colors

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No word yet on who'll constitute his Detroit All-Star Revue*, but Don Was is set as the headliner for this year's Concert of Colors on Saturday, July 16, at Orchestra Hall. Bettye Levette is the main attraction for the closing night, Sunday, July 17.

Others appearing in the festival — whose 19th lineup was announced Thursday — include  Latin jazz master Orlando “Maraca” Valle, East Indian jazz/soul songstress Susheela Raman, Colombian folk/jazz fusion artist Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra,  southern-tinged rock from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and the family-friendly hip-hop of Detroit’s own Mike-E & AfroFlow. Performances will be at Orchestra Hall, as for a number of years, but also at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Scarab Club (where the fest begins Thursday, July 14).

More details at the Concert of Colors website.

* Oops. Actually, the full lineup of all-stars is out: Martha Reeves; Mitch Ryder + the Detroit Cobras; Melvin Davis + the United Sounds; Wendell Harrison; Ivan Kral; the Brothers Groove; Jim McCarty; the Muggs; Billy Brandt + Sarana VerLin; Black Irish; Carolyn Striho.

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