Detroit’s Motown Museum announced details – including the return of Motown legends, a gospel music concert, a golf outing, and bowling – for its Motown 60 Weekend, an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Motown Record Corp., Sept. 21-23.
The three-day event is planned to be full of music and star power converging on Detroit in true Motown style.
“It’s been such an important year for us to share Motown history and celebrate this milestone in a big way,” says Robin Terry, chairwoman and CEO of the Motown Museum. “Our Motown 60 Weekend is the culmination of a year-long celebration all happening right here in Detroit. We invite all Motown fans to join us as we celebrate Motown’s iconic visionary founder Berry Gordy, and the musical and cultural impact of this incredible legacy.”
As a bit of a Motown 60 Weekend warmup, the Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest will take place Friday, Sept. 20 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. This event will honor Motown vice president, humanitarian, and pro bowler Fuller Gordy. It will featuring bowling, karaoke, dinner, and Motown music. For more information, visit http://friendsoffuller.org.
The official Motown 60 Weekend will begin on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a Motown Gospel Concert at Detroit World Outreach. The concert will feature artists performing traditional gospel music along with spiritually enhanced Motown favorites. Artists include Grammy Award-winning Regina Belle, Stellar Award-winning and current Motown gospel label group Tye Tribbet and G.A., Tasha Page-Lockhart, winner of the gospel singing competition Sunday Best on BET, and Detroit’s own Kierra “Kiki” Sheard.
A 125-person choir from more than 70 local faith-based groups also will perform during the free concert that is open to the public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Aug.28.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, Orchestra Hall will play host to Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy and 60 Years of Motown. The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and Mary Wilson are scheduled to perform Motown favorites. Also, contemporary Motown artists such as Ne-Yo and Kem, Detroit’s own Big Sean, and other acts will appear. Tickets range from $50-$1,000 and include various opportunities, including pre- and post-event receptions. They go on sale Aug. 1 and can be purchased at www.motownmuseum.org.
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield will be the scene of the weekend’s final event, the Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 23. Guests will join Motown alumni and celebrities for an afternoon tee time and a gourmet lunch and dinner. Pricing ranges from $350 for an individual golfer with groups packages available. For more information, visit www.motownmuseum.org.