If it's summer in Detroit, it's Festival Time! One of the biggest and best is the Concert of Colors, now celebrating its 15th year. Heralded as "metro Detroit's FREE and annual diversity music festival, the Concert of Colors is the largest festival of its kind in the USA. This year, the festival begins today, July 17, and runs through Sunday July 22.
The Concert of Colors started out in Chene Park with just a few thousand people, but grew to more than 10,000 in 1999, and then to 100,000 as the festival expanded to a 3-day event in 2005 in conjunction with Detroit's 300th birthday celebration.
A wonderful venue change occurred in 2005, when the festival moved to the completely remodeled and still acoustically perfect Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit, home of world-renowned The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the indoor concerts, there is also one outdoor stage. The festival expanded to four days in 2007.
In addition to the musical focus, there are also ethnic foods and crafts vendors, family and children's activities, arts and crafts, and the 3rd Annual Forum on Community, Culture, and Race sponsored by New Detroit; this year the Forum will be on Friday.
The Concert of Colors Festival is made possible with the wonderful assistance of many corporate and media sponsors and non-profit presenters and co-sponsors.
Headliners this year include: Mitch Ryder, Mavis Staples, Don Was, Black Bottom Collective, and many more artists from around the world; a celebration of the diversity in the Detroit Metroplex. Artists will be performing on the Chrysler Main Stage, the Comerica Charitable Foundation Diversity Stage, and the Outdoor Rhythm Stage. Check out the full schedule, and get ready to party with diversity in The "D"!
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