Concert of Colors 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 28th Annual Concert of Colors and partner institutions will transform the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA into a sound stage, filming live performances by headline artists and then broadcast the festival on WTVS and WDET in October of 2020.

Concert of Colors will air on Detroit Public Television (WTVS), and selected programs broadcasted on Detroit Public Radio (WDET) radio and streamed online worldwide. The full lineup and dates will include the Don Was All-Star Revue, with a tribute to legendary Detroit blues musician John Lee Hooker and radio icon Ed Love. 

“Concert of Colors audience will grow this year,” said festival Executive Director and founder Ismael Ahmed, “and once again we will groove together to music performed by the greatest artists in the world – but we‘ll be doing it safely in our own homes. The free diversity festival has been a tradition for nearly three decades in Detroit, and the commitment and generosity by our partners and sponsors to make this broadcast happen in 2020 is a gift to Detroit, southeast Michigan and beyond.”

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Concert of Colors is made possible with the support of partners culturesource, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS/Arab American National Museum, Michigan Science Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan Detroit Center, Wayne State University, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Midtown Detroit, Marx Layne & Co., Detroit Public Television, WDET 101.9 FM radio., Scarab Club, Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine, Hellenic Museum of Michigan and College for Creative Studies. Generous Sponsors include Knight Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, DTE Energy, AARP, Zingermans Deli, Mark Bernstein and Rachel Bendit Bernstein.