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Motown to celebrate 60th anniversary in Detroit during September

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Motown is bringing its 60th anniversary celebration hime this fall.

The Motown Museum will host three events. Sept. 21-23 in Detroit, where Berry Gordy Jr. founded the legendary record label on West Grand Blvd. The key event will be Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy & 60 Years of Motown on Sept. 22 at the city's Orchestra Hall. Members of the Temptations, the four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and the Supremes' Mary Wilson -- who's being inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 21 in Detroit -- are expected to attend, along with Ne-Yo and Detroit-based Big Sean and Kem. Tickets run $50-$1,000 and go on sale Aug. 1 via motownmuseum.org.

The local celebration also includes a free Motown Gospel Concert on Sept. 21 at Detroit World Outreach, featuring performances by Regina Belle, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Tye Tribbet & G.A., BET "Sunday Best" winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and a 125-member choir drawn from more than 70 of Detroit's faith-based groups. The celebration concludes Sept. 23 with a Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic featuring Motown alumni and other guests at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in suburban Detroit. For information about the latter email motown60@motowmuseum.org.

The celebration commemorates the 60th anniversary of Gordy receiving a loan from his family to start Motown, which became the most successful black-owned company in the country and an iconic label that's been honored around the world. This year's celebration has already included "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration," an all-star concert which was filmed during January in Los Angeles and aired April 10 on CBS. The company is also releasing an expanded edition of the box set "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," originally released for the company's 50th anniversary, on June 28.

And Motown was honored during the 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards last week in Los Angeles.

The Motown Museum established during 1985 by Esther Edwards Gordy, is planning to expand into a 50,000-square-foot facility that will house more artifacts from the company's archives, interactive exhibits and more. Specific plans for the expansion have yet to be announced, though the museum did unveil a new Dancing in the Street Park next to the current Hitsville USA house during May.

Web Site: www.motownmuseum.org

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