Started back in 1993, Concert of Colors was a modest, single day event with the simple goal of bringing the diversity of metro-Detroiters together through music from around the world. Today, it has become a part of the summertime traditions here in Detroit, with 2013 marking its 21st year. This year the concert series with travel to multiple venues in Midtown Detroit over 4 days, still with the same goal of celebrating the wealth of global diversity that fills metro-Detroit through music.

What is the cost to attend the shows? Does FREE sound good? We thought so.

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Concert of Colors will kick off on June 29 with a “Tune Up” pre-festivities concert at New Center Park and feature a Latin ska and funk band, MAKU Sound System and a Puerto Rican folk band, BombaRica. The remaining events will take place over July 4 through the 7 and will feature many global musicians as well as the indigenous sounds from metro-Detroit with a great variety of local bands and artists. Each day there is a different line up of bands and artists from different parts of the world and from our own community – each with their own stories to tell.

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Don Was, producer of big name stars such as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ringo Starr and Iggy Pop, will return this year to close out the ceremonial festivities on Sunday, July 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center with performances by The Hounds Below, Drew & The Detroit Legends, The HandGrenades and more. If the many bands or artists from around the world isn’t enough to bring you out to one of their culturally influenced concerts, there will also be food, drinks and shopping from local ethnic restaurants and vendors from around metro-Detroit. As far as the for the kids? There will also be a children’s area with free family activities planned.

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The Concert of Colors festival is sure to have something for everyone – from adults, to children to families from every background! For more information on Concert of Colors and a complete list of events, find their website here!