Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to see “Motown Memories,” starring The Marcels and The Shades of Blue, at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open as 6:30 p.m.
For one very special evening, “Motown Memories” escorts music fans to simpler times, as two of the most enduring vocal acts in pop history fill the air with swooning doo-wop and expert harmonies. The Marcels, inductees in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, have thrived for decades as human singing telegrams with lung-parcels of good news. In spirited live performances, the group unleashes a string of hits, including its popular take on “Blue Moon,” which turns a lunar-shaming dirge into a sunshiny sing-along, filled with catchy “bomp-a-bomps” that make werewolves crave chocolate malts. Fellow crooning cabal The Shades of Blue keeps Motown memories intact with walls of bulletproof doo-wop, sharp choreography, and a winning sound referred to as blue-eyed soul. Best known for its handclap-laden hit “Oh How Happy,” The Shades of Blue generously shares its joy of singing in a set that celebrates life, romance, and music without the need for racy pyrotechnics or electronic swear jars.