2021 Concert of Colors

The 29th Annual Concert of Colors announces the return of Detroit’s most beloved free, global music festival, a blend of live, broadcast, and streamed events for eight exciting days Monday, August 2-Monday, August 9. The list of greats from around the world include Roy Ayers, Melvin Davis, Soud Massi, Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Ragga Massive and acts from Chile, Haiti, Japan, Uganda and other countries. 

Detroit Public TV-WTVS and WDET 101.9 FM will broadcast and stream headlining artists who are recording at The Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and on stages from their home countries. Live music returns to Concert of Colors at institutions in Detroit’s Cultural Center including the Detroit Historical Museum, DSO’s Outdoor Sosnick Courtyard, Michigan Science Center, Scarab Club, and the Hellenic Museum of Detroit. Other events will also be streamed on Youtube, Facebook and www.concertofcolors.com. In classic Concert of Colors fashion, all events are free.

Returning this year is the Don Was Detroit All Star Revue tributing George Clinton. Was is recording on the Detroit Film Theatre stage with the ensemble he curated featuring talents: Amp Fiddler, Apropos, Dames Brown, Nadir Omowale, Jennifer Westwood, Coko Buttafli and The Mollywop Singers.

Concert of Colors performances include: jazz great Roy Ayers, Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Ragga Massive with guest Hassan Hakmoun presenting Ragmala; Detroiter jessica Care moore, Algerian singer Souad Massi, Minyo Crusaders from Japan and the Ukranian quartet Dakha Brakha.

This year’s festival is presented by Concert of Colors, along with its partners Culture Source, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Public Television, WDET 101.9 FM, ACCESS/Arab American National Museum, PBS, Michigan Science Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan Detroit Center, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts, Keiga Foundation, Midtown Inc., Marx Layne & Co., Scarab Club, Detroit Science Gallery, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, New Detroit and College for Creative Studies. Generous Sponsors include the Kresge Foundation, AARP, Detroit Free Press, Arts Culture & Entrepreneurship, The Skillman Foundation, DTE Energry, Michigan.com, Mark Bernstein and Rachel Bendit Bernstein. 

For complete information on all 2021 Concert of Colors programs visit the Concert of Colors website >