After a nationally televised tribute concert earlier this year, Motown will bring its 60th anniversary celebration back to where it started this fall.
The Motown Museum will host a weekend of events Sept. 21-23 in Detroit, honoring the company’s founder with Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy & 60 Years of Motown on Sept. 22 at the city’s Orchestra Hall.
Members of the Temptations, the Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and the Supremes’ Mary Wilson are expected to attend, along with Ne-Yo and Detroit-based Big Sean and Kem. Tickets run $50-$1,000 and go on sale Aug. 1 through motownmuseum.org.
On Sept. 21, a free Motown Gospel Concert will take place at Detroit World Outreach, featuring performances by Regina Belle, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Tye Tribbet & G.A., BET Sunday Best winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and a 125-member choir drawn from more than 70 Detroit faith-based groups. The celebration concludes Sept. 23 with a Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic featuring Motown alumni and other guests at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in suburban Detroit.
The company’s anniversary has already been celebrated with Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, which was filmed on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles and aired April 10 on CBS.
The company is also releasing an expanded edition of the box set Motown: The Complete No. 1’s, originally released for the company’s 50th anniversary, on June 28. And Motown was honored during the 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards last week in Los Angeles.
The Motown Museum, established in 1985 by Esther Edwards Gordy, is planning to expand into a 50,000-square-foot facility that will house more artifacts from the company’s archives, interactive exhibits and more. Specific plans for the expansion have yet to be announced, though the museum did unveil a new Dancing in the Street Park next to the current Hitsville USA house during May.