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Below is a list of Concert of Colors events taking place at the DIA. For the complete schedule of festival activities taking place across Midtown Detroit July 14-17, visit the official 24th Concert of Colors Facebook event page or

For the sixth year in a row, the Detroit Institute of Arts is participating in the Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s annual free diversity-themed music festival. On Friday, July 15, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta performs Mexican cumbia at 6 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m., the Detroit Film Theatre will show “Finding Fela.” The fun continues on Saturday, July 16, with the Afro-Dixie Remix Listening Party at 9:30 p.m. The festivities come to a close on Sunday, July 17 with Mexican cabaret singer Astrid Hadad at 7:30 p.m. Concerts will be indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta is a Chicago-based jam band made up of musicians from the jazz, R&B, Mexican folk, punk and salsa world specializing in Mexican cumbia. Detroit dance instructors will introduce the audience to cumbia’s rhythm and movements. Beginners are welcome at this all-ages event.

“Finding Fela” is a movie about African musician and postcolonial political activist Fela Kuti. Kuti took Nigeria by storm, pioneering the Afrobeat sound, merging American R&B and funk with Nigerian and Ghanaian traditions to create a new sound in support of his antiestablishment beliefs.

Multimedia artist John Sims created Afro-Dixie Remix in response to the now-controversial song “Dixie” by Stephen Foster. Sims’ creative resistance features “Dixie” recordings as spiritual, jazz, funk, calypso, samba, soul, R&B, Hip hop and blues. The Detroit listening party advances the experience with collaborations from Detroit-area writers and musicians, including Alise Alousi, Nandi Comer, Roberta Estrela D'Alva, Kahn Santori Davison, Bill Harris, Mahogany Jones, M.L. Lieber, Naomi Long Madgett, Maya Stovall, Stringz of Hardcore Detroit and Rhonda Welsh.

Mexican artist, vocalist and cabaret star Astrid Hadad has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most provocative stage acts since the Weimar Republic was in bloom.” Hadad combines ranchero, bolero, rumba and rock with extravagant costumes that are like portable sets, a hallmark of her performances.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Concert of Colors. The event, which will take place July 14 through July 17 around Midtown Detroit, is produced by the Arab American National Museum, along with partners the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and the University of Michigan–Detroit Center, to bring together metro Detroit’s diverse ethnic communities by presenting music from around the world. The festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season and one of the few remaining free-admission local music festivals.
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By: Detroit Institute of Arts

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