By Tashina Tappin
Smokey Robinson, known as the “King of Motown,” will be performing at the Tilles Center on Oct. 21.
This event is one of the Tilles Center’s 2017 gala shows and is a special event to commemorate the life of Gerald Monter. Monter was an active fundraiser and a board member of the Tilles Center.
Prepare to spend an evening with this legendary singer-songwriter whose smooth and silky voice is widely recognized. His performance will consist of timeless hits and motown favorites from “My Girl” to “Ooo Baby Baby.”
Robinson’s career has spanned over four decades and he has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, and even an honorary doctorate from Howard University.
On Oct. 8 he launched a new annual holiday called “Father-Daughter Day” to promote parental bonding as he has six daughters himself. Robinson not only wrote hits for his group the Miracles, but other notable groups, including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and many others.
“It would be a show to take my mother and grandmother to for a night out,” Junior pre-pharmacy major, Dajha Judge, said.
“I enjoy his timeless and classic style of music,” senior psychology major, Katerina Loizou, said.
Robinson’s music style has shifted from energetic R&B to mellow romantic soul. Tilles Center employee and junior musical theater major, Paris Dickinson said, “Smokey Robinson’s music is classic and you should definitely see this show.”
The concert starts at 8:30 p.m., benefactor and regular tickets are available. Discounts are available for staff and students. See http://tillescenter. org/ for prices and more details.