Friday, April 28th, 8:00pm
The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi
All-age’s ’till 11pm, 21+ after that
What icons do you think of when you hear Motown? Marvin Gaye? Diana Ross? The Temptations? Stevie Wonder? Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5? Smokey Robinson? The list goes on and on! We are going to celebrate the music that made the Motown label an unforgettable chapter of the 60’s and 70’s.
When Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in 1959, few people could have predicted how it would soon transform the entire music industry. Gordy had a remarkable ear for talent and within months, he joined forces with many of the greatest songwriters, musicians and singers in the country. Before the first year was over, Motown scored their first major hit with Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want).” Over the next several decades, the tiny label dominated the airwaves and album charts, launching the careers of everyone from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson to Boyz II Men.
Vashon Events is really excited to bring you our second Showcase of the year – Motown Night, a showcase of Island talent like you won’t believe – singing some of your favorite songs from the magical Motown era. This show will feature local Vashon musicians honoring the record label that transformed America, Motown Records, and its founder, Berry Gordy. Good music like this lives forever, so come check out these local musicians as they take you on a funky R&B journey through time.
Of course, Motown’s catalog is so very deep and loaded with soul and funk classics, many of which never made it to radio but that deserve prime space in your mind. We fully expect that some Vashon musicians will play some songs that even YOU will be singing along to.
We’re hoping that we’ll hear some songs like “Let’s Get It On”, “Tears of a Clown”, “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”, “What’s Going On”…there’s just so many great songs.
Proceeds from the event will support Vashon Events – Vashon Island’s community arts, culture, and charity events website that launched this year.
If you or someone you know is interested in performing at this showcase, please click HERE and fill out this short form and you’ll be on your way!