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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley                                 STEVE FURAY PHOTO

Lola Valley STEVE FURAY PHOTO

By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade.

“Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward person to get (their) angst out, for both men and women.”

Headlining this year’s Concert of Colors will be Seun Kuti with Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, the Sierre Leone’s Refugee All Stars, the Don Was All-Star Revue, along with many others for the city’s most diverse annual music festival. The full lineup and information can be found at www.concertofcolors.com.

Lola Valley will perform at 8 p.m. July 12 on the Wolverine Outdoor Stage, located in the courtyard behind the Max M. Fischer Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue.

Creating opportunities and getting exposure can be difficult in the male-oriented music business. Lola Valley has weathered years of those challenges with aplomb.

Originally fronted by award-winningsinger Monica Blaire, the band now features lead singer Steffanie Christi’an, a dynamic rock and soul singer in her own right. Also joining the group is Insite the Riot, a hip hop emcee known for her uncompromisingly fierce delivery.

“All genres, all moments that we share as human beings in life, Lola Valley created this space,” says Rogers, “and it’s reflected in the diversity of our audience and the people that come out to see us.”

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