7.09.2013

GARY GRAFF REVIEWS DON WAS' CONCERT OF COLORS 2013


 photo: Richard Blondy


DETROIT — Confidence in a bottomless well of musical talent in and from Detroit has always been the guiding spirit behind Don Was' annual Detroit All-Star Revue show at the Concert of Colors. And the sixth edition of the concept on Sunday, July 7, at Orchestra Hall certainly supported Was' notion.



Howling Diablos photo: Richard Blondy

After focusing on jazz last year, Was returned to a diverse rock, blues and R&B lineup during this year's 14-act affair, which started off with a buoyant Motown song-and-dance act by the Mosaic Youth Theatre and touched on the ripping blues of guitarists Emanuel Young and Howard Glazer, the raw, punked-up rockabilly of Horse Cave Trio and modern rock craft of Hounds Below and the Handgrenades.



Americana singer-songwriter Katie Grace took a bluesy turn with her "It's Hard Being a Woman in a World of Men," as did the Howling Diablos with a spirited "Car Wash" — joined briefly by frontman Martin "Tino" Gross' four-year-old grandson Carter and the white-suited Rev. Robert Jones and his wife, Sister Berniece, on a down 'n' dirty rendering of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "You Gotta Move." FULL REVIEW HERE

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