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Firebrands, fomenters, change agents and creative provocateurs – veteran and newcomer – dominate the lineup for the 26th Concert of Colors presented by the Arab American National Museum. With its partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and University of Michigan-Detroit Center, Concert of Colors is a highly anticipated and beloved summer event and one of few remaining free-admission music festivals in the city.
The five-day indoor/outdoor event has always sought to unite the region’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting global music acts.
For more than a half-century, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a disruptor of the status quo. Bans and blacklists have only driven her to keep speaking truth to powerful world leaders while achieving new levels of artistry and acclaim. Most recently she called out America’s president among others in The War Racket, recipient of a CBC Music 2018 indigenous Music Award for Best Music Video.
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia May 17, 2018, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem released the powerful single and video Por Encima as part of the worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities that draws attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people internationally.
Haiti’s RAM is a Voudou rock and roots-driven powerhouse led by Richard A. Morse, a Haitian American musician, Voudou priest and vocal critic of the powers that be in Haiti and elsewhere.
Sin Paredes: #Resistencia literally translates to “without walls.” From the rebellious rhythms of bomba to flipping the script on the machismo of mariachi, these Detroit musicians honor historical music and contemporary voices in the struggle against discrimination and demonization of Latin American and descendant peoples.
Meanwhile, the 11th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue gets down to basics with Detroit Rocks!, featuring songs by Detroit artists or about the city of Detroit on the Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall) at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. This year’s Revue lineup is comprised of Mike Ellison; Mick Collins; Wayne Kramer; Susan Calloway; Laura Rain; Jessica Hernandez; Kenny Watson; Steffanie Christi’an, cohost Ann Delisi and the Revue House Band: Sweet Pea Atkinson, Donald Ray, Sir Harry Bowens, Brian Roscoe White, Randy Jacobs, Luis Resto, Dave McMurray, Rayse Biggs, Ron Pangborn, Ron Otis and Don Was.