For many, the sound of Smokey Robinson singing calls to mind fond memories of the Motown era, a time in the early sixties when music was changing, and hits like “My Girl”, “Operator” and “The One Who Really Loves You” played over transistor radios and jukeboxes across the nation. The one thing all these songs, and countless others like them, have in common is that they were written by Smokey Robinson.
Smokey helped define the Motown Sound with his catchy melodies, driving bass lines and foot-tapping drum beats. And he had a lot of help from a friend and former boxer-turned songwriter named Berry Gordy, who at the prompting of Smokey Robinson decided to launch Motown in January of 1959.
Over the next decade, he went on to write 26 top-40 hits, and later became one of the in-demand songwriters and producers for Motown, writing hit singles for such music acts as Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, The Marvelettes and, most notably, for acts like Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
But this is not just a chance to see a living legend; it’s a chance to hear him perform in a nearly perfect acoustical environment.
In case you’ve never had an opportunity to attend a concert at the Palladium, do yourself a favor and check it out. The venue was designed specifically for musical performances by Artec Consultants Inc., a New York firm that has worked on a number of concert halls around the world. It is located in The Center for the Performing Arts.
Robinson has one of those once-in-a-generation voices that must be heard, regardless of which generation you belong to. If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday, you’ve found it.
- Sunday, Aug 31, 2013
- Center for the Performing Arts – Palladium