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Concert of Colors returns for lucky 13th festival
DETROIT Ð The 13th annual Concert of ColorsÑthe free, three-day diversity festival sponsored every year by ACCESS and New DetroitÑreturns to Detroit July 15-17.
ACCESS and New Detroit collaborate on this festival every year to build relationships and understanding through music. “It’s important for our community to build ties with the greater Detroit area,” said Ismael Ahmed, executive director of ACCESS. “Concert of Colors brings in musical acts from around the world, and celebrating diverse heritages through music is a great way to bring people together.”
For the first time in its history, the opening night of the Concert of Colors, Friday, July 15, will take place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Friday at The Max will offer performances on two stages, including performances by Cape Breton Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster, along with Zimbabwean crooner Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits, and The Sounds of China and Beyond, featuring Betti Xiang and Yang Weh, both members of the renowned Silk Road Ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma. The duo will be joined for a piece by members of the Dearborn Traditional Arab Music Ensemble including award-winning nay player, Nadeem Dlaikan. Silky smooth Brazilian ensemble Bossa Cuca Nova will headline the diversity stage in the Music Box that evening, along with local Caribbean favorite Roots Vibration, and Afrobeat newcomers Nomo.
On Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 the festival returns to Chene Park on the Detroit riverfront with music on three stages.
Performers on Saturday include the King of Rai, Cheb Khaled from Algeria, joined by monumental Detroit musician/producer, Don Was and Friends. This 21-member ensemble boasts an all-star lineup of performers that includes Latin percussionists Luis Conte and Walfredo Reyes, as well as Elan Attias, lead singer for the Wailers and a duo-hit with Gwen Stefani. In addition to this huge package, other Saturday highlights include reggae superstar Maxi Priest, and the California Guitar Trio. Also on Saturday will be a double bill, “Putumayo Presents Mali,” featuring Tinariwen and Ramatou Diakite; singer/songwriter, Catie Curtis; as well as Detroit favorites like The Dirtbombs and Repercussions.
Highlights from Sunday’s performances include the pride of New Orleans, The Neville Brothers; Los Angeles Latino rockers, Ozomatli; bluegrass powerhouse The Del McCoury Band; the Senegalese hip-hop trio Daara J; and Funkadesi, a band that mixes reggae, Latino and East Indian rhythms. The Diversity stage will feature national blues artist, Larry McCray; Louisiana dance band Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, along with area standouts like Orquesta “La Inspiracion,” Blackman & Arnold, and Eastern Winds.
The Rhythm Stage at Chene Park traditionally includes drummers and dancers from diverse backgrounds, and this year is no different. Included on this stage are Native American dancers/drummers, Aazhwaakwaa Drum, New Millenium Steel Band, Papa Yorri Hanne Drum and Dance, Rhythmic Adventures, and native Indian tabla player, Sandip Burman.
In addition to the music, also included in the festivities will be ethnic food booths, multi-cultural arts and crafts vendors, and a children’s activity area.
Sponsored by ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Service) and New Detroit, the festival is dedicated to bringing diverse communities and ethnic groups together through music, presenting more than 35 acts from all over the world.
For more information on the Concert of Colors, visit http://www.concertofcolors.com or contact ACCESS at 313-842-7010 or New Detroit at 313-664-2000.
‘Collaborators 1: Frames of Mind’ at Gallery Project
ANN ARBOR Ð Gallery Project, a new fine art collaborative, presents the first exhibition of its collaborators. “Frames of Mind” explores intersections and divergences expressed in oil painting, photography, assemblage, digital art, encaustic, mixed media and installation.
Exhibitors are: Kristin Beaver, Connie Benedict, Rocco De Pietro, John Gutoskey, Adrian Hatfield, Judith Jacobs, Gloria Pritschet, Ben Van Dyke, Graceann Warn, and Marsha Wright.
Gallery Project’s mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous and thought-provoking. Collaborating artists, representing a diverse range of visual arts and geographic linkages, share in the management of the gallery.
The exhibit opens July 20, with an opening reception on Friday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m.
Gallery project is located at 215 South Fourth Street in Ann Arbor.
For more information, call 734-997-7012 or log on to http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Summer art classes for children at FIA
FLINT Ð The Art School has summer classes available for children at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint.
Artwork is a weekly summer program that gives children ages 5-12 the chance to be inspired by great works of art and to make art of their own. Students will see amazing works of art and create their own using exciting materials. Each week is different so children may register for one or more sessions.
From July 11-15, students ages 5-7 will take an imaginary trip to the ocean with art lessons inspired by the sea, while students ages 8-12 will discover a variety of printmaking techniques that will result in a portfolio of colorful prints.
The week of July 18-22 will be focused on learning about different painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and trying out new painting techniques.
Native American culture will be the inspiration for the week of July 25-29 as students will learn about American Indian art and participate in hands-on art activities that will include making petroglyphs, masks, clay vessels and more.
During the final week of Artworks, August 1-5, students will take an imaginary journey south of the border to learn about the art of Mexico. Students will read children’s literature by Latino authors and make art inspired by Latino artists.
For more information contact the Art School at 810-237-7315.