Concert of Colors is headed to the airwaves.
Like other big summer events, Detroit’s long-running multicultural music festival has been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, so producers are taking the show to TV and radio for a four-night special to air in October.
Performances will be taped later this summer — minus a public audience — in the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, with artists heading to town from around the globe in keeping with the fest’s world-music theme.
The fest will be broadcast for two hours nightly Oct. 7-10 on Detroit Public Television and WDET-FM, and streamed internationally in coordination with festivals elsewhere.
“Concert of Colors’ audience will grow by the millions this year,” festival founder and executive director Ismael Ahmed said in a statement.
Don Was, the Grammy-winning Detroit native who has been a Concert of Colors fixture, will lead the latest installment of his All Star Revue with an assortment of hometown musicians in a tribute to jazz radio personality Ed Love.