A Motown Christmas comes to the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Dec. 18

It has been a few years since the music of the Temptations, the Miracles, and the Contours blared out of every car in America, but the music of Motown lives on in movies, commercials, and in a new holiday show that hits the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

A Motown Christmas celebrates the music and the magic of Motown and features an all-star line-up of vocalists and musicians assembled from the ranks of the Contours, the Miracles, and former members of the Temptations. The performers, collectively known as The Motortown All-Stars, have each paid their dues performing with Motown legends on stages around the world. For over a decade, the group’s founder, Glen Raby, served as the musical director for the Contours who hit the charts with “Do You Love Me” in 1962 and again in 1988 thanks to “Dirty Dancing.”

“This music is timeless. It isn’t defined by any year or any decade for that matter. Even little kids know the songs ‘My Girl,’ ‘Get Ready,’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.’ Those songs will live forever,” Raby said.

The holiday concert promises to burst with everything that made Motown great, from impeccable harmonies and dazzling choreography to flashy outfits and those instantly-recognizable grooves that everyone knows and loves.  

The audience will hear 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 Detroit-based vocal group will be a live band and brass section, adding yet another level of excitement to those classic arrangements.