Friday, July 15, 2005

Concert of Colors this Weekend

Free event showcases music of diverse entertainers

This weekend marks Detroit's thirteenth annual Concert of Colors, a three-day festival celebrating the rich culture of the D through the sounds of musicians from all over the world.

This year's event - which is sponsored by ACCESS and New Detroit - offers an array of different musical groups representing various genres - Afro-Latin, bluegrass, dance, and jazz are a few varieties that will be performed this weekend. Hailing from places as far away as Zimbabwe and Brazil, and as close as Canada and Ann Arbor, each of the concert's 35 musical acts brings its own distinct sound to the stages of the summertime event.

This year's Concert of Colors will once again be held at Chene Park; however, for the first time in its history, the event will kick off its first night, which is tonight, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Performances last from 6:00 -11:00 pm in both the Music Box and Orchestra Hall, and begin at Chene Park tomorrow at 2:30 pm and run until 10:15 pm. Sunday's performances will also be at Chene Park, but begin at 1:45 pm and end at 10:30 pm. Please click here for a complete schedule of performances, show times and stages.

ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic Development, is a non-profit organization that was created in metro Detroit in 1972. Its main purpose is to assist the region's large Arab American population with the unique economic, social, and cultural issues they face living in Detroit.

New Detroit, Inc., is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from a variety of area businesses, social and civic programs, grass roots groups, educational institutions, and religious organizations whose mission encompasses many areas - to uncover social and cultural distress within the community; to foster and promote positive cultural experiences; and, to serve as advocates and liaisons for Detroit's cultural environment. New Detroit, Inc., was established by J.L. Hudson almost 40 years ago in response to the fragile social and cultural environments of Detroit in the late 1960s.

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