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.
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