…A Tribute in Music to Motown

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by rieladmin on Friday, 11 April, 2008

April the 11th, 1pm to 4pm SLT
…A Tribute to The Greats of Motown!

The Four Tops, Gladys Night and the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, The Jackson 5, Miracles, Supremes, Marvelettes, Temptations, Mary Wells, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Kendricks, Jermaine Jackson, Micheal Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Dianna Ross, Spinners, Commodores, Rockwell. The list goes on! This is gonna be one hell of a night!
DJ Soliel Snook of Radio Riel, will be bringing us the very best of Motown Records. 3hrs of music that shaped history!

Any discussion of the artists of Motown Records begins with a caveat: Motown was a sound. It was the driving beat, the propulsive bass, the crackling cymbals, the punchy horns — and yet it was more. It was pop and rock, black and white, soul, gospel, and glitz. It was all of the above, and it was more than the sum of its parts. It was a sound that exploded from little speakers in car dashboards and transistor radios, heavy with hopes and dreams, laden with lust and anticipation, slicing like lightning through the smoggy heat of blighted urban landscapes. From Detroit to Dallas, New York to Los Angeles, Motown was the sound of the 60’s — as much or more than the Beatles or Stones, Janis or Jimi, Stax or Atlantic. Motown was a sound. It was “The Sound of Young America.”

Even more, Motown was a sound created not by stars, but by committee. In a neat row of houses on West Grand Boulevard, a handful of producers, songwriters, and musicians created nearly every one of Motown’s hundreds of hit singles. Like the shiny Cadillacs that rolled off the assembly lines just down the road, these records were pieced together with precision by journeymen like James Jamerson, Mickey Stevenson, Benny Benjamin, Earl Van Dyke, Norman Whitfield, Nikolas Ashford, and the fabled troika of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland. These men (and a few women) were lucky if their names appeared anywhere on the record labels or dust jackets, but they were the architects of the Motown sound. As great as the singers were — and some of them were truly divine — they were almost interchangeable. No matter who sang the song, it was that indelible Motown sound that sold the record.
Dress appropriately, as usual, an’ see you there 🙂

Tribute Island
Tribute Island is all about celebrating the lives of the people we’ve lost and loved. People who have inspired us, entertained us, selflessly protected us, and who have filled our lives with sound and colour.Most of our exhibits are interactive in some way. This place has loads of ‘Easter eggs’ just for fun. The island is roughly divided into topical areas. Enjoy exploring, and click the exhibits for freebies and to leave your own tribute. We also hold regular events, and information is posted for these both in the Info Centre and at the hub or available thorough the Tribute Island group. Why not grab a free Tribute Island scooter from by the main telehub to help you get about.

Tribute Island is an ongoing experiment by Associated Northcliffe Digital, part of the online wing of the DMGT group in the UK. It is kept free for everyone to use for the foreseeable future.

Tribute Island is managed by a staff, who run social events and maintain the sim on a semi-voluntary basis. If you would like to help, please contact a sim manager for more information.Tribute Island was built during October ’07 by AND, with the senior design consultants and master builders of Wind Meta Works.

Please explore the island, take some time to contemplate and think about some of the exhibits, and help celebrate the lives of the people represented here.


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