About Dancing In The Street

Motown Tribute Show

In 1962 the Motortown Revue took the ‘Sound of Young America’ and hit the road, filling theatres and dance floors across the USA. With a band featuring some of the best and most experienced musicians in Melbourne, Dancing In The Street captures the essence of the great Motown sound and is guaranteed to fill theatres and dance floors across Melbourne.

The Dancing In The Street performers are no strangers to the stage, having performed in Melbourne for many years, in all manner of performances, from theatre productions to tributes to artists such as Joe Cocker and Ray Charles. In this high-energy Motown tribute, three highly dynamic and versatile singers recreate the well-known hits of Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all of Motown’s superstars in a show featuring over 30 of the label’s biggest hits. The 6-piece band that backs these singers authentically recreates the sound of Motown and you won’t be able to hold yourself back from dancing the night away.

The show has been created to be versatile and adaptable to a wide range of performances and is available for a range of gigs, from private events to full theatre presentations. The talent and experience of these highly accomplished musicians means Dancing In The Street is well on to the way to becoming one of the best tribute acts in Melbourne and one of the most authentic recreation of the hits of Detroit’s biggest hit factory.

 

 

Hitsville USA, The Sound of Young America

Songwriter and producer Berry Gordy started Motown records in 1959. Inspired by his work on one of Detroit’s famous automobile production lines he wanted to create a record company that could take raw, unknown artists and create hit-making superstars. With 180 number 1 hits and counting, it’s obvious he achieved what he intended. Motown was one of the most influential movements in music history, both in terms of changing the landscape of music but also embracing and driving social change.

The label discovered artists early, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson were both only 11 years old when they first visited Motown and The Supremes signed straight out of high school. Gordy’s team at Motown developed these artists into superstars of the African-American community with the power to cross over into the white pop music market.

In the recording studio this push to have black artists cross over from the R&B charts to the pop charts created a hybrid soul/pop sound that quickly became known simply as The Motown Sound. Great melodies, plenty of tambourine, a tight horn section, smooth backing vocals, driving basslines and drum parts that demand foot tapping created a sound that American music lovers couldn’t get enough of, whether they were black or white. The creation of this sound came from a carefully selected, tight knit group of musicians known as the Funk Brothers, a group of musicians who have played on more number 1 hits than any other musicians in chart history.

Highly marketable artists, a hot band and strict quality control very quickly made Motown into a hit-making machine and plenty of hit songs rolled off the studio’s production line. The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder had all produced hits for Gordy before the end of 1963.

Throughout the Sixties, Motown produced a catalog of hit that is without comparison. They were simple songs with simple stories of love, either told in joyously happy or heartbreakingly sad ways.

The Band

Jon Roberts – Vocals
Cindi Blaze – Vocals
Adriana Rosamilia – Vocals
Martin DeMarte – Guitar & Vocals
Joseph Beckitt – Keyboards & Vocals
Shane Cole – Bass
Adam Grech – Drums
Andrew Arney – Saxophones
Bryan Chetcuti – Trumpet