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July 11, 2003 - Image 86

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-07-11

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Arts Entertainment


Celebrating Diversity
Through Song

Ann Arbor singer-songwriter
Dick Siegel contributes his original tunes
to the annual Detroit Concert of Colors.

area, will feature 40 acts assigned
among three stages July 11-13. Siegel,
scheduled for the Diversity Stage, will
ick Siegel recently recorded be part of a lineup that also features
the Bluerunners, a Louisiana Cajun
a song he thinks falls in
band; So Kalrnery, a Congolese trou-
line with the annual
badour singing in up to 15 languages;
Concert of Colors, a free
and Fruit, a pop-rock group from
music marathon celebrating diversity.
Australia that also will perform on the
He describes "Skin," heard on his
latest CD, A Little Pain Never Hurt, as
Main Stage.
Other Main Stage attractions
a love song of people, and it will be
include Bo Diddley, a Rock and Roll
among many numbers in his debut
appearance with
Hall of Fame
the annual show
inductee; WAR,
of world-derived
an eclectic funk
band; Oliver
"'Skin' tells of
the wonders of
Black Spirits,
being alive," says
entertainers from
Siegel, 54, who
Zimbabwe; and
performs his
Indigenous, a
original songs
family of Sioux
while playing
musicians with a
bent toward
guitar. "My lyrics
explain how skin
The World
both separates
Rhythm Stage
and unites us."
adds, among oth-
Siegel's act,
ers, the Trinidad
which also will
Tripoli Steel
include Dave
Band; Kiyoshi
Roof on acoustic
bass and David
Dick Siegel: A longtime Ann Arbor favorite. Nagata, a taiko
(J apanese drum)
Mosher on guitar
ensemble; and
and mandolin,
Biakuye, a West African music and
runs 7:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13,
dance troupe.
in Detroit's Chene Park. The trio,
A community drumming circle
appearing on the final day of the
takes place on all three nights.
weekend event, will perform material
The American Jewish Committee
from all three of Siegel's recordings
and the Jewish Community Council
and newer material written after the
of Metropolitan Detroit are among
studio sessions.
some 70 sponsoring organizations
"I feel part of the world community,
working with ACCESS (Arab
and my outlook on life includes
Community Center for Economic and
respect for diverse groups," says Siegel,
Social Service) and New Detroit to
who has lived in Ann Arbor since
arrange this ethnically varied concert.
attending the University of Michigan
"We really aren't in the concert busi-
in the 1960s. "Being raised in a Jewish
ness," says Sue Hamilton-Smith, New
home, I understand what it means to
Detroit executive vice president. "We
be part of a minority group and can
are in the relationship business, and
relate to people in other minority
we have found that relationships, par-
ticularly relationships that cross cultur-
The Concert of Colors, in its 11th
al lines, are easier to build when a
year and with a children's activities

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