Hot fun in the summer time: sounds of Africa, Latin America & Detroit headline Concert of Colors

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Led by classic funksters The Family Stone, super producer Don Was' 6th Detroit All-Star Revue and the intriguing combination of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Ozomatli, the 21st Concert of Colors lineup delivers Hot Fun in the Summertime June 29 and July 4-7 2013.

The 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 Revue closes out the festival with a re-teaming of two members of the seminal Detroit band MC5 – guitarist Wayne Kramer and drummer Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson – on the Main Stage at historic Orchestra Hall.

This year's festival also delivers a healthy dose of new music from Africa, including performances by Fatoumata Diawara (Malian wassalou/international; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6) and Samba Mapangala (Congolese/Kenyan; 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7). Latin-influenced sounds come from MAKU Sound System (Latin ska/funk; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29), Matuto (Brazilian bluegrass; 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6) and the fascinating mash-up of Ozomatli with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Latin-hip hop-rock/classical; 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7).

Presented for the second year running by the Ford Foundation at several leading cultural destinations in Midtown Detroit, the festival celebrates the city's indigenous sounds and music reflecting the many cultures represented in southeast Michigan.


Thursday, July 4, 2013 (doors at 6 p.m.)

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave.

Free museum admission

6:30 p.m. Stepping into Destiny
Mike Ellison and friends explore the transformative influence of jazz, spiritual, world, doo wop and hip hop.

Friday, July 5, 2013 (doors at 4 p.m.)

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.

Free museum + exhibition admission

On the South Lawn
7 p.m. Feufollet (Cajun)
6 p.m. Detroit Party Marching Band
5 p.m. October Babies (rock)

In the DFT Auditorium
9:30 p.m. film TBA

Saturday, July 6, 2013 (doors at 2 p.m.)

Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.

Main Stage, Orchestra Hall

8:30 p.m. The Family Stone (funk/R&B)

6 p.m. Delta Rae (folk/rock)

3:30 p.m. Fatoumata Diawara (Malian wassalou/international)

Diversity Stage, Music Box

9 p.m. Kobo Town (calypso)

6:30 p.m. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italian traditional/eclectic)

4 p.m. Cathie Ryan (Celtic)

2 p.m. Matuto (Brazilian bluegrass)

Wolverine/Spartan Outdoor Stage

9 p.m. Terrence Parker (house)

8 p.m. 5th Wall Concept (rock)

7 p.m. L'Renee (R&B)

6 p.m. Rayse Biggs (jazz)

5 p.m. The Woven Tangles (rock)

4 p.m. Leilani (R&B)

3 p.m. Kate Monaghan (blues)

2 p.m. Detroit School of Arts: Vision Male Ensemble (Acapella)

1 p.m. Tim Ellerbee Project (Gospel/Rock)

Saturday, July 6, 2013 (doors at 10 p.m.)

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Ave.

Official After Party

Cambodian Space Project (cross-culture rock)

Free admission

Sunday, July 7, 2013 (doors at 2 p.m.)

Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.

Main Stage, Orchestra Hall

8:30 p.m. 6th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue (rock/eclectic)
Wayne Kramer + Dennis Thompson, Mosaic Youth Theatre Singers, Ty Stone, Howlin' Diablos, Rev. Robert Jones, The Hounds Below, Katie Grace, Emmanuel Young & Howard Glazer, Drew Shultz & Detroit Legends, The Hand Grenades, Pat Lewis, Passalacqua , Jeecy & The Jungle

With your host, Don Was + The All-Star Review Band (lineup TBA)

6 p.m. Calypso Rose w/ Universal Xpression (reggae)

3 p.m. Ozomatli w/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Latin-hip hop-rock/classical)

Diversity Stage, Music Box

9:30 p.m. Yemen Blues (global jazz)
7 p.m. Samba Mapangala (Congolese/Kenyan)

4:30 p.m. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco)

2:30 p.m. Candy Band (children's rock)

Wolverine/Spartan Outdoor Stage

9 p.m. Motor City Soul (Motown/cover band)

8 p.m. Chris Canas Band (rock/blues)

7 p.m. Lola Valley (rock)

6 p.m. Chiropractiers (funk/rock)

5 p.m. Sean Dobbins (jazz)

4 p.m. Ben Sharkey (Vocal jazz/swing)

3 p.m. Wisaal (Arabic/ethnic)

2 p.m. Tailor Hawkins (house/techno)

1 p.m. Detroit School of the Arts: Dance Department (Dance Performance)

All performances are free and open to the public; all venues are located on or near Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. Find the latest news and information at < >.

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