Color Me Good
The Concert of Colors
Published: July 2, 2013
R&B singer Cynthia David of the band Leilani, performing earlier in the festival proceedings, says, “Many people around the city of Detroit have given up hope in many ways. … Music seems to bring people together all the time. We need an atmosphere that will join people together and music does just that.”
Of course, she’s right. One of the festival’s organizers, Kim Silarski, believes that progress has been slow but steady. “Have we changed every mind and heart in town with fabulous music in a mere two decades? Clearly not, and it would be naïve to think we could,” Silarski says. “Have we stayed on message, built a reputation for excellent musical curation and earned the support of new and returning audiences and funders? Absolutely. Has the political and economic landscape in Detroit and the U.S. changed in recent years as it relates to issues of immigration and diversity? Heck, yeah. Are there a few more individuals out there who are rethinking their personal prejudices? I think and hope so, but a music festival alone cannot claim credit for that. What we can do is give folks a bridge, a safe way to explore the unknown, to discover and enjoy it, even if it doesn’t result in a new fan for a certain musical genre or a vote for a candidate whose racial background is not our own.”
And that is a gift that we should all accept with sweaty, grasping hands.
The Concert of Colors is going on July 4-7 in Midtown, Detroit. Find out more at concertofcolors.com.
Brett Callwood is a staff writer at Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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