Marking a quarter century of highlighting global music, the Concert of Colors returns to Midtown Detroit July 12-16.

Produced by several of the area’s cultural centers — Arab American National Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and the University of Michigan-Detroit Center — the indoor and outdoor event celebrates 25 years this summer.

The 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967 rebellion will be featured this year and musician Don Was will return with his all-star revue that will focus on community, culture and race.

A forum on the topic will be held July 13 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Third Man Records is also on board with Concert of Colors this year, with programming at the Cass Corridor store on July 12.

Additional concerts will be outside of the Detroit Institute of Arts July 14, followed by an after party at the Detroit Historical Museum.

July 15-16, Concert of Colors will be inside at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center and outside at the University of Michigan-Detroit Center.

All performances are free. Visit

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