Monday, June 27, 2011

FREE Admission to the DIA on July 15th for Concert of Colors Events

Music by Mr. B's Joybox Express and Maraca and screening of Africa United at Detroit Institute of Arts for FREE "Concert of Colors"

For the second year, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is participating in the Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s FREE annual diversity music festival. On Friday, July 15, the DIA will host concerts by Mr. B’s Joybox Express and Maraca, and will show the movie Africa United. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day, and museum admission and Concert of Colors events are FREE. HealthPlus of Michigan is sponsoring the DIA’s Concert of Colors offerings.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express will perform at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Mr. B will embark on a cross-state “Joybox Express” bicycle ride in Saugatuck on July 1 that will end at the DIA for these performances. The Joybox Express is a custom made bike that nestles a 352-pound piano. Mr. B is joined by an ensemble of musical bikers, including guitar, bass and drum.

Maraca will perform at 7 p.m. in the DIA Auditorium. Orlando “Maraca” Valle is one of the most famous contemporary Cuban flautist in the world. Maraca has been leading different bands and projects for more than 15 years with performances in some of the most prestigious international jazz festivals. Maraca's original style of fusing jazz improvisations with Afro-Cuban roots (rumba, danzon, chachacha, mambo, son & timba), has made his sound highly recognized as the epitome of Cuban popular dance music.

Africa United will be shown at 9:30 p.m. It tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children who walk 3000 miles to South Africa, hoping to attend the Soccer World Cup. Armed only with ingenuity, sass, and a World Cup wall chart for a map, the pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. Along the way, they gather a tribe of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.

The Concert of Colors is presented by the Arab American National Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit and ACCESS with the goal of bringing together metro Detroit’s diverse ethnic communities by presenting music from around the world. Over its 19-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally. For this year’s schedule, visit

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


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