When the weather was fine, Sweet Soul Music GmbH presented the show “The Sound of Classic Motown” in the beautifully situated Bremer Seebühne, a homage to the golden era of the world-famous label. The music label Motown (MotorTown) was founded in Detroit in 1960 by the songwriter Berry Gordy Jr. His first performers included Barrett Strong and Diana Ross & The Supremes, who quickly became world famous.
All his artists were well-groomed and well-dressed in order to weaken the bad image of the white population at the time and shone with demanding choreographies during live performances.
The 79-year-old former American radio DJ at AFN, voice actor and TV presenter leads through the energetic show while sitting at a moderator’s desk. 11 great musicians, 3 female and 4 male singers play and sing their way through the extensive repertoire of the famous record company. The Four Tops begin with “I Can’t Help Myself”, Diana Ross & The Supremes perform a medley of their most famous songs, “Stop In The Name Of Love”, “Baby Love” and “Can’t Hurry Love” followed by Marvin Gaye’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. The hearts of the audience melt at the Temptations with their “My Girl”. The hits never end this evening. At the latest with Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Martha & The Vandella’s “Dancing In The Streets”, the audience no longer keeps them in their seats and they clap in time and sometimes sing along with the lyrics, at least the chorus . But also Ron Williams himself, who often asks the audience to participate during the show, shows his vocal qualities with Edwin Starr’s “25 Miles”.
Jimmy Ruffin laments a lost love in “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”, Stevie Wonder, portrayed by the wonderful Derrick Alexander, is taken to the stage with a standing ovation.
With Gladys Knights “Midnight Train To Georgia” and Marvin Gayes “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in soulful versions, this beautiful evening comes to an end after 80 minutes.
For the finale in the encore, all those involved appear on stage again and perform together a capella “Amazing Grace” out of sympathy for the victims of the flood disaster, a very nice gesture. In a good mood, the audience left this really pretty location with a view of the Weser.