Concert of Colors Cultural Festival in Detroit
Bring the family to this 20th annual international music fest July 12-15, 2012, for beats, eats and activities from all around the world!
You won't need a plane ticket to travel the globe this summer. Instead, pack up the kids (and their dancing shoes) and head over to the 20th annual Concert of Colors, July 12-15, 2012 in Midtown Detroit, to experience the magic of world music – for free!
To celebrate the milestone, headlining guests include the proclaimed grandfather of funk, George Clinton (the inspiration for this year's theme, "One Metropolitan Area Under a Groove"); the DSO's world premier pipa virtuoso, Wu Man, with conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen; as well as Detroit native and multiple Grammy winner, Don Was. But that's not all.
This multi-venue cultural concert has packed in the sounds, sights and tastes from places like West Africa, India, Ireland, the Caribbean and China for attendees of all ages to enjoy. And while you're dancing to the beats, there's plenty more crafts, music and activities for the kids!
Kicking off 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this year's event offers families not only free admission to the museum exhibits, but also invites them to get off their feet and move for Mike-E & AfroFlow + Friends' upbeat interactive show.
Friday presents free DIA admission for all from 4 until 10 p.m., where Quebec-based musical group De Temps Antan performs, and PuppetSlam Detroit! showcases its unique array of playful handheld creatures.
Saturday and Sunday festivities, held on three stages within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, will cover the sounds of Latin jazz to world blues, R&B to classical – while the Detroit Fire Guild Belly Dancers and vaudeville performances amaze all on Saturday afternoon in the atrium.
And don't forget to let the little ones make their own rain sticks to shake around for the African dances – or let them unleash their inner eco-artists with Arts and Scraps' recyclable crafts.
Various ethnic food and merchandise vendors will also be open for attendees to explore throughout the weekend, too. This summer concert is one you can't afford to miss!
For more information on the 20th annual Detroit Concert of Colors 2012, why not check out the Metro Parent listing?