2024 Gala - Sounds of Motor City
We heard it through the grapevine that two legendary Motown groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops, are headlining the celebration of the season
The Sounds of Motor City will feature Motown legends, The Temptations and The Four Tops. Backed by a tight rhythm section and blazing brass ensemble, these legendary supergroups will bring their signature sound to the party of the season – the 2024 Annual Gala. Enjoy an unforgettable evening featuring cocktails, a VIP dinner with a live auction, and American music royalty The Temptations and The Four Tops - LIVE in concert. After the show, guests are encouraged to head upstairs to the Rooftop Afterparty to dance the night away under the stars and enjoy tasty, well-crafted cocktails and inspired bites.
This annual fundraiser benefits the mission of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts – to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan year-round by presenting exceptional experiences across the full spectrum of the performing arts and offering impactful educational opportunities.
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The Temptations, often referred to as “American Music Royalty,” are world-renowned superstars of entertainment, revered for their phenomenal catalog of music and prolific career. The group will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary in 2021. To mark this milestone, the Temptations are planning a brand-new album, a national concert tour across the country, and an international concert tour in the UK in fall 2021.
Named the “#1 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time” and one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” by Billboard magazine, as well as one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the group is truly a beloved national treasure.
The Temptations’ heritage, influence and contributions to, not only American culture and African American communities but also to the global music landscape are monumental. The influence that the Temptations have had on mainstream and global artists is undeniable.
The group’s popularity is ever-increasing and they are one of the most iconic, bestselling brands in the entertainment world today. While the group has evolved over the years, Dr. Otis Williams has continued to lead the group and carry the torch forward for the next generation of Temptations’ fans.
The Four Tops
The quartet, originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for Chess in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly jazz—four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. found out they had hustled a national “Tonight Show” appearance, he signed them without an audition to be the marquee act for the company’s Workshop Jazz label. That proved short-lived, and Stubbs’ powerhouse baritone lead and the exquisite harmonies of Fakir, Benson, and Payton started making one smash after another with the writing-producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Their first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars and their sixties track record on the label is indispensable to any retrospective of the decade. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers; it was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “It’s The Same Old Song” (no. 2 R&B/no. 5 pop). Their commercial peak was highlighted by a romantic trilogy: the no. 1 “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” (no. 2 R&B/no. 6 pop) and “Bernadette” (no. 3 R&B/no. 4 pop)—an extraordinary run of instant H-D-H classics. Other Tops hits from the decade included “Ask The Lonely,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),” “Something About You,” “You Keep Running Away,” “7-Rooms Of Gloom” and their covers of “Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were A Carpenter.” The group was also extraordinarily popular in the U.K.
How can I get Gala concert tickets?
New this Year! Gala concert tickets will be available as part of any subscription package.
Subscribers will now be able to include Gala concert tickets (including Rooftop Afterparty) to their subscription package. Subscribing is the best way to guarantee seats to the hottest summer party in town and we've just made it easier than ever; purchase tickets to just three or more events to build your subsciption package!
Subscription access will be available as follows:
March 1 • Donor Patron Level Subscriptions Available
March 8 • Donor Friend Level Subscriptions Available
March 15 • Renewing Subscriptions Available
April 1 • New Subscriptions Available
May 1 • Remaining single tickets on sale for the 2024 Gala Concert