For the fifth year in a row, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is participating in the Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s annual free diversity-music festival. On Friday, July 11, 2014 the DIA will host concerts by Latin jazz band PanaMO at 5 p.m. and the eclectic six-piece band Cuddle Magic at 7 p.m. The fun continues on Sunday, July 13, with a Japanese taiko drum performance by Great Lakes Taiko. Concerts will be outside both days, weather permitting.
PanaMO performs original compositions with strong Latin roots and flavor, as well as jazz standards with inventive arrangements. The band is led by Obed Succari, a master percussionist from Panama.
Cuddle Magic blends traditional and modern instrumentation to create chamber pop. The band's sound comes from blended vocals, guitars and keyboards layered with bass clarinet, trumpet and percussion. Toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen will join the band for music from their newly released CD.
Great Lakes Taiko brings the excitement and beauty of Japanese Taiko drumming to the DIA. Taiko, which means drum in Japanese, features a wide range of two-sided stick percussion instruments.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Concert of Colors. The event, which will take place July 5 and July 10 through July 13 around Midtown Detroit, is produced by the Arab American National Museum, along with partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and University of Michigan – Detroit Center, to bring together metro Detroit’s diverse ethnic communities by presenting music from around the world.
The festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season and one of the few free-admission local music festivals remaining. For this year’s schedule, visit www.concertofcolors.com.
Hours and Admission: Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.