Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see A Motown Christmas Holiday Spectacular at the Akron Civic Theatre. For $23, you get one ticket for reserved front-orchestra seating on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $46 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
When songwriter Berry Gordy decided to branch out into producing in the late 1950s, he also cultivated his own sound of pop-accented soul music. This seminal music form would soon become synonymous with the name of his second record label, Motown, a nod to Gordy’s motor-centric hometown of Detroit. Today, this influential genre is given new life by veteran crooners Leon Franklin, Charles Franklin, Douglas Gaddy, and Kim Green, the last of whom belted out hits such as “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” with celebrated Motown band The Contours. Known collectively as The Motown Experience, the foursome wrap their soulful pipes around classic Christmas tunes, enrapturing audiences with their quick-footed choreography and seamless harmonies.
Akron Civic Theatre
The medieval carvings, European antiques, and Italian alabaster sculptures at the Akron Civic Theatre absorb the ascending harmonies of symphony concerts and heavy rock ‘n’ roll alike. Built in 1929 to resemble a Moorish castle, the venue has maintained much of its historic charm, including the exceedingly rare atmospheric ceiling, in which stars twinkle and clouds float by as mesmerizingly as the last few corn flakes atop a bowl of milk.