The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents:
Return of the seasoned array of musicians transports
Audience members back to Motown era
As Motown The Musical opens on Broadway March 11, charting Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more, the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents Dr. K’s Motown Revue three days later, an authentic recreation of Motown performances live on stage, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30, $25 and $20.
The popular trend for bands to pay homage to historic musical artists and genres with elaborate tribute productions doesn’t fully-express Dr. K’s Motown Revue as a “tribute” because individual band members have performed, recorded or composed songs for or with many of the artists they honor. The musicians not only have the “chops” or skills, but the Motown album credits to back up their authenticity.
The Motown sound has left an indelible stamp on the heart, soul and mind of several generations of fans worldwide. Over the years many of the artists and writers responsible for bringing to the world this incredible body of work have passed on. The danceable party music however, lives on through movies, radio, television commercials, collectible CD’s, dance halls, weddings and karaoke clubs.
It’s not just the songs but the memories associated with them that have forever imprinted the Motown sound in the hearts and souls of music fans. The music lives on with style in Dr. K’s Motown Revue, founded by Paul “Dr. K” Korman, a talented rock bassist and Motown fan from Brooklyn, who toured for years in bands including two iterations of “Mama Ray,” a rock tour de force backing up headliners from Blue Oyster Cult to Eric Burden. Then he met veteran session keyboard player Marvin Floyd in 2004 and something just clicked.
Since then Dr. K’s Motown Revue has performed in Central Park, headlined at B.B. Kings, the Downtown and the Sugar Bar in New York City – to rave reviews. This led to a long-term stint as the “house” band at the Wolf Den club at Mohegan Sun, where they were a fixture for years, honing their act and line-up in preparation for taking things back on the road.
At the Center, this group of very talented musicians will perform hits by The Supremes, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas and many others. Dr. K’s Motown Revue not only delivers the best in Motown music, but will engage the audience with Motown trivia.
Today the band is comprised of Dr. K; vocalist Stephen Moore; Motown session guitarist Marvin Miller Jr. who wrote songs for the Supremes; Venlo Odom on drums and vocal arrangements who toured with Barry White and the Ojays; artist Charlene Simmons who won an award for her vocal performance at the Apollo Theater; Long Island born and raised vocalist Natashia Thomas and vocalist MelsoulTree who has toured internationally and has sung with The Duke Ellington Orchestra and had a lead role in “Raisin’ Hell,” a musical by Smokey Robinson and Mickey Stevenson. The band also features Clayton Zeno “Silverhands” Johnson on keyboards; Mike Lewis, who toured with Buddy Rich’s Big Band, on trumpet; Harold B. Lee on percussion, Wayne Cobham on trumpet; and Nirvana Lucie on vocals.
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