Music Hall Presents An Evening With Smokey Robinson June 10
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the beloved Detroit music Icon, Smokey Robinsonon Friday, June 10th at 8pm in the historic main hall. It’s Robinson’s first time performing in the Detroit area in 4 years.
This announcement puts a sweet cap on our 2015-16 Season – a banner year that included a newfound stability for the 88 year-old historic Performing Arts Center, and the return of a legend to the room that he’s played twice before.
So it’s not a stretch to say that a great Detroit musical institution is playing Detroit’s longest-running historical performing arts institution and the end result will be a night to remember.
Public tickets go on sale May 1st for $50 – $125 seats in the Mezzanine and Balcony (A great live experience, where you are never further than 70 feet from the stage!) are available at Music Hall Box Office.
This Evening With Smokey Robinson is in conjunction with Cars & Stars 2016
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s and Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter.
In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years.
During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.
– Main floor corporate sponsorship is still available. Call Latasha Burnett For additional information (313) 887 – 8510