Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Do Christmas the Detroit way with BBMann's Motown Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 13

I like Motown. That is all. Here's a press release. Oh. Here's the hook for the show. "features an all-star line-up of vocalists and musicians assembled from the ranks of the Capitols and the Miracles and former members of the Temptations."

The Motown Holiday Spectacular plays Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. For tickets ($42, $53, $63) call (239) 481-4849, bbmannpah.com or motownholiday.com. Or you can buy online here.

Complete Press Release Below:

Motown Holiday Spectacular Comes to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Fort Myers, FL - It's been a few years since the music of The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols dominated the air waves, but the music of Motown lives on in movies, commercials and in a new holiday show that hits the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on December 13.  The show promises to be jam-packed with all the hallmarks of Motown - impeccable harmonies, dazzling choreography, flashy outfits and those instantly-recognizable grooves that everyone knows and loves.

"The Temptations were always one of my favorites,” says Tony Brocco of Premier Concert Group, the promoters of the event.  “They were the quintessential Motown group because of their look, their sound and their hits - ‘My Girl’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ – it just doesn’t get any better than that,” Brocco added.

This "Motown Holiday Spectacular" features an all-star line-up of vocalists and musicians assembled from the ranks of the Capitols and the Miracles and former members of the Temptations.  The performers, collectively known as The Motown Experience, have each paid their dues performing with Motown legends on stages around the world.

Group member Dave Finley still tours with The Miracles, who topped the charts with classics like "Ooh Baby, Baby" and "Tears of a Clown."  This year marks Dave's 35th anniversary with the Miracles.  Another, George Wilson, is a 20-year veteran of The Capitols, who created a dance sensation in the 60's with their big hit "Cool Jerk".  "The performers in the Motown Experience know exactly how to re-create the magic of the groups that made those timeless classics," says Brocco.  On December 13th, audiences will hear all the Motor City hits they know and love, as well as holiday classics like "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Silent Night" performed in that inimitable Motown style.  Accompanying the group, who is flying in from Detroit for this exclusive area appearance, will be a 12-piece orchestra of live strings and brass, adding yet another level of excitement to those classic arrangements.

"This show will be an unforgettable holiday celebration for audiences of all ages," says Joe Mirrione, Brocco’s partner, who first conceived of bringing The Motown Experience to Fort Myers.  "I think the children of the fifties and sixties will relish returning to a time when they knew every word to every song – and we’ve purposely kept the ticket prices reasonable so they can bring their kids and grandkids, too!"

The "Motown Holiday Spectacular" will be performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, (Edison State College, 13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919) on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM.  Tickets start at just $40 and can be purchased on line at www.motownholiday.com or by calling 1-800-440-7469.


  1. How many of these guys were original members of these groups? Obviously none from the Temps: only one guy is still with us from the original lineup and maybe one more (Dennis Edwards) from the second wave of the group. And Dave Finley? Don't remember him from the Miracles; other than Smokey you had Pete Moore and the late Ronnie White. But hey, it's Christmas and these guys will at least approximately what you heard 45 years ago.

  2. The Capitols were never a Motown group. I wouldn't pay this much to see this show.

  3. Last night we were dazzled by the harmonies and choreography of these fine gentlemen and their traveling musicians! It was an unforgettable experience and money well spent.