A Motown Christmas Holiday Spectacular is Coming to the Adler
It's so good to talk about 'normal' things again and something we all look forward to are are the holidays. Here's a great way to help celebrate.
“A Motown Christmas” starring the Motown Experience will kick off the holiday season with a family-oriented, sing-along holiday spectacular at the Adler Theatre in Davenport on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.). Tickets are $44, $49, $54 and $64.
According to Adler Theatre reps, A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group assembled from past and present members of three of Motown’s most legendary groups: The Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours.
The show is billed as a powerful production combining Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics. A Motown Christmas features Motown’s trademark choreography and those velvety harmonies performed in the soulful Motown style. The show in Davenport is part of the groups’ annual holiday tour that includes 19 shows scheduled in eight states.
I snagged the concert promo video for the Eau Claire, Wisconsin show. This gives you a great preview of their sound. It's one of my favorite music genres.
Here's some background on the group that I snagged from the news release. For example, did you know over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and 14 Billboard R&B number-one singles? Their music has earned them three Grammy Awards. Like its "sister" female group, the Supremes, the Temptations' singer lineup has changed frequently over the years.
Did you know The Miracles have charted over 50 Billboard hit singles between 1959 and 1978, including 26 Top Ten Billboard R&B Hits, with four R&B #1s? Sixteen of their songs reached the Top Twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, with seven songs reaching the Top Ten, and two, "The Tears of A Clown" (1970) and "Love Machine" (1975), reaching number one. A third song, "Shop Around," reached #1 on the Cash Box Magazine Top 100 pop chart.
In the 1960s, The Contours charted eight hits, including Motown's first million-seller and its fastest-rising hit of all time, "Do You Love Me." In 1988, after the release of the movie "Dirty Dancing," "Do You Love Me," which was a featured song in the film, roared back on the charts outselling its original performance many times over.
Stats of the group are great, but it's their sound and performance you're going to love. And aren't we glad to be talking about holiday events again? I know I am.
Even though the show isn't until December, remember to get your tickets. They go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.