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.
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
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
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
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
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.