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Motown Planning Two-Night Celebration Of 50th Anniversary
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Motown is coming home to celebrate its 50th anniversary this month.

The company will hold a two-night affair, titled "Live It Again!," on Nov. 20-21, to benefit the Motown Historical Museum on Grand River Boulevard. The weekend begins at the Roostertail nightclub, which hosted many Motown performances and parties, with a program honoring Motown alumni followed by a an autograph session with members of the Contours and Miracles, among others, and a "Bop to the Ballroom" dance party.

On Nov. 21, the Temptatons and Franklin will headline a black-tie gala at Detroit's GM Renaissance Center, while Stevie Wonder will offer "a special tribute performance" to Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and his sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, a Motown vice-president who founded the Motown museum. Actor/comedian Sinbad will host, and the evening will also include memorial tributes to Michael Jackson, the Four Tops' Levi Stubbs and producer/songwriter Norman Whitefield, and honors for Motown's "First Five" -- Smokey Robinson, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Janie Bradford and Raynoma Singleton.

Tickets for the Nov. 20 Roostertail party are $50, while the Nov. 21 gala runs $350. Tickets can be purchased by calling (313) 875-2264 or visiting www.motownmuseum.com.

As previously announced, Motown's 50th will also be honored during halftime of the Detroit Lions' annual Thanksgiving day football game. "A Motown 50th Anniversary Tribute" will feature current Motown stars -- including KEM, Melanie Fiona and Shontelle -- performing some of the label's biggest hits. The segment will be televised by Fox, and fans will be able to download a recording of the medley online at www.nfl.com/thanksgiving, with proceeds going to benefit the United Way.

Web Site: www.motownmuseum.com

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