New sister festival in Jackson, Mich., to co-present artists including the 11th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue
Dearborn, Mich. (April 25, 2018) – Against the backdrop of today’s political climate of fear and division, Detroit’s beloved Concert of Colors – now in its 26th year – redoubles its effort to unite through the power of music.
Spotlighting vulnerable communities, state violence, trauma and healing, this year’s diversity-themed music festival produced by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) takes place Wednesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 15, 2018, at venues throughout Midtown Detroit and at AANM itself.
Detroit musical son Don Was is already hard at work on his 11th Detroit All-Star Revue, curating classic and contemporary artists befitting the theme Detroit Rocks! for his 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, extravaganza. The storied history of the Revue will be celebrated with a special film event to be revealed along with the full performance lineup later this spring.
Inspired by Concert of Colors, city leaders in Jackson, Mich. are launching a sister event, the Jackson Unity Festival, also taking place July 11-15 and also featuring the 11th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue and other 2018 Concert of Colors artists.
"The Jackson Unity Festival was borne out of a desire to bring world-class music, arts and thinking from around the world to downtown Jackson,” says Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies. “As a sister festival of the Concert of Colors in Detroit, Jackson Unity Festival becomes a conduit for our city to take an active role in understanding every individual’s importance. We are proud to live in Jackson and we are proud to be a part of this event."
Concert of Colors has the whole world in its bands. Produced by the Arab American National Museum with its partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Third Man Records, Michigan Science Center, Build Institute, University of Michigan-Detroit Center, Detroit Historical Museum, The Scarab Club and Made Metro Collective, Concert of Colors is a highly anticipated and beloved summer event and one of few remaining free-admission music festivals in the city.
Just as with Concert of Colors, the Jackson Unity Festival is a partnership among leading institutions – the Jackson Downtown Development Authority, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Theatre of Jackson. It will take place at four venues throughout downtown Jackson, featuring international performers as well as those from the Jackson area. Learn more at www.jacksonunityfestival.org.
“We’re so impressed with the way leaders in Jackson have embraced this festival and the way it speaks to the questions of today, especially diversity,” says Ismael Ahmed, who with New Detroit, Inc. cofounded Concert of Colors in 1993 while he was leader of Dearborn human services agency ACCESS. “The Jackson Unity Festival team is already a vital part of the Concert of Colors working group, and we will share many of the same acts.
Concert of Colors is pleased to announce that leading institutions of Detroit’s foundation community including the Knight Foundation Fund and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michiganhave generously contributed support for the 2018 festival. The festival also welcomes back longtime Main Stage sponsor Meijer and longtime Diversity Stage sponsor Comerica.
The complete 2018 Concert of Colors lineup and performance schedule will be published later this spring at www.concertofcolors.com.
All performances and the Forum on Community, Culture & Race are free and open to the public.