Get your jingle bells on and get ready to dance — “A Motown Christmas” will kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly show on Nov. 27 at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University.
Starring The Motown Experience, the show will combine some of Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics, as well as the trademark choreography and harmonies that the Motown sound is known for.
The Motown Experience features Dave Finley, a veteran of more than 25 years with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Joining him are Charles Franklin and Doug Gaddy, formerly with Ali Woodson’s Temptations; and George Wilson, an original member of The Capitols for more than 20 years.
The Temptations are one of Motown’s most popular and well-known groups. They released four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles, 14 Billboard rhythm and blues No. 1 singles and won three Grammys. The Miracles had more than 50 Billboard hits between 1959 and 1978. They are best known for “The Tears of A Clown” and “Love Machine.” The Capitols had a hit in “Cool Jerk” in 1966, and the song was named as No. 48 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
The show has a little something for everyone, from holiday standards like Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song,” to more contemporary offerings such as “Please Come Home for Christmas,” to the Donny Hathaway R&B favorite “This Christmas,” says Glen Raby, manager for the group. There is also a singalong segment with “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman” and others, which is sure to be great fun for kids of all ages. Also included is a healthy dose of the classic Motown songs that everyone knows and loves such as “My Girl,” the “Dirty Dancing” anthem “Do You Love Me?” and “Ooo Baby Baby.”
Performing with the Experience will be an orchestra of seasoned performers who have worked with hundreds of Motown, nostalgia, classic rock and doo wop shows around the country. The orchestra has both live and recording credits with a veritable who’s-who of popular music artists from the 1950s through the 1970s.
The Motown Experience is performing this holiday season in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.
“This is sure to be an unforgettable evening for audiences from 8 to 80, and will be the feel-good event of the holiday season,” Raby said.
Tickets for the show are $39 to $49, and can be purchased at www.etix.com, www.mymusicshows.com or by calling (912) 478-7999. The show begins at 7 p.m.