The performing arts center is taking it back to the ‘60s by bringing Motown back.
On May 2, the Shadow of the 60’s group will perform at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Based in New York, the Shadow of the 60’s is a group that performs hits from ‘60s, particularly Motown. And they don’t alter a thing.
So, yes, you’ll see people dressed in colorful suits, long dresses that touch the floor, reproduce the songs of artist like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, the Temptations and Supremes.
The show pays tribute to the legacy of the latter three. No keys are changed. The sound is expected to sound exactly the same.
“We recreate the music of the time,” said Dave Revels, the founder and creator of Shadow of the 60’s. “Why change genius?
“Motown is a cornerstone of American music. It is very inspirational music. It’s just music that sort of encourages people to have a good time.”
And having a good time is what he expects those in the audience to do. He said the group’s show typically has people dancing in the isles.
“It is highly audience interactive,” Revels said. “It’s a concert but more done like a party relationship with the crowd. A celebration.”
Revels, a former member of the Drifters, started the group because he wasn’t hearing the sound much anymore. He said he wanted to bring Motown back to the people who love it.
There are 13 people in the group. Eight sing and five are musicians. They tour internationally, and he said Garner seemed like perfect fit.
“We are told there are a lot of Motown fans in Garner, and we’re excited to meet them,” Revels said. “It’s like a fresh new face, and fresh audience.”
It will be the second year in a row that a Motown group will perform at GPAC. Debbie Dunn said last year’s event was so successful, people were begging for more.
“When I announced, they just cheered and got excited,” Dunn said. “It’s a lot of fun, it’s high energy, and people are dancing in the isle. It’s really great.”
Last year, Masters of Soul came to perform Motown music, drawing 375 people.
“I’m expecting 400 this year,” Dunn said.
Dunn said Saturday’s show is the last show of the season.
“It was a great time for music,” she said of the Motown era. “I think that’s why the feel is popular today. Last year was the first Motown show and it was extremely popular thus we’re bringing it back.”
If you want to go...
Tickets are on sale now. To buy tickets call 919-661-4602, or visit the website at garnerperfomingartscenter.com. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door.