- One ticket to An Evening with Smokey Robinson
- When: Saturday, August 9, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Riverside Theater
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $50 for rows Z–KK of the first floor (up to $98.57 value)
- $39 for rows N–BB of the second floor (up to $76.90 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
- A vision of life without Smokey: a world with no Motown sound, where movie soundtracks are nothing but gusts of wind and nobody understands how you could have sunshine on a cloudy day
- Smokey’s imprint on music history: he fronted The Miracles, inspired the creation of Motown Records, gave the famed label its first No. 1 R&B hit, “Shop Around,” and penned more than 4,000 other songs that laid down the blueprint for modern soul
- How the world has thanked him: by inducting him into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, bestowing him with the Grammy Living Legend Award, and having the president of the United States decorate him a National Medal of Arts award
- Songs you probably know Smokey wrote: “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Get Ready”
- Songs you might not have known he wrote: The Temptations’ “My Girl,” Mary Wells’ “My Guy,” Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”
- What you’ll get from An Evening with Smokey Robinson: a deceptively youthful showman with a thousand-yard smile delivering one show stopper after another in an earnest and angelic tenor
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.