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Just Announced: Smokey Robinson to headline the Mann Center

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Legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson is coming to the Mann Center on August 25th for a night of his classic hits. With Grammys, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, his time at Motown, multiple classic hits, and years of experience under his belt this legend has a perfect formula to put on a good show. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 9th at 10AM, so make sure to grab yours before they sell out. Continue reading →

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Jan 29 in Music History: The Beatles record their German singles, Smokey Robinson leaves the Miracles

The Beatles in German
1961 – Bob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting his idol while Woody Guthrie is on a weekend release from the NJ hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan plays “Song to Woody,” which appears on his first album the following year, and tells him, “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gives Dylan a card that says, “I ain’t dead yet.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ash at Johnny Brenda’s, Smokey Robinson at the Strand Theater, Martha Wainwright at World Cafe Live, John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

Northern Irish rockers Ash will be performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The alt-rock/pop four-piece from Downpatrick has been performing since 1992 with some change in their lineup over the years (including English singer Charlotte Hatherley, Bloc Party‘s Russell Lissack, and LaFaro‘s Alan Lynn). In 2011 most of the band’s performances included “Best of” sets as well as most of 2001’s Free All Angels. Go here for details and tickets to this evening’s 21+ show; doors open at 8. Below, watch the video for “There’s A Star” from Free All Angels. 

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This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

Alice in Chains

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

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#TBTXPN: Watch 10 of the greatest Motown songs

Motown Records

Throughout the Summer, WXPN has been doing a special themed weekly programming series, #TBTXPN – a musical #ThrowbackThursday through August. Each week XPN has been travelling back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement. This week we put the spotlight on the incredible Motown record labels, and the many hits and deep tracks in its vaults. Founded by Berry Gordy in January, 1959 as Tamla Records on a family loan of $800, the songwriter and businessman incorporated the company in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as the Motown Record Corporation. The word Motown was a combination of the words motor and town, and the label quickly became synonymous with the some of the greatest R&B and soul hits – and deep tracks – of the Sixties, Seventies, and beyond. Continue reading →