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Musician Dwight Blake’s “Memories of Motown” Show Arrives in San Miguel for Three Dates

Dwight Blake

By Fredric Dannen

The Motown Sound, a blend of African-American soul music and mainstream pop, helped break down racial barriers in a recording industry that had kept its chart listings segregated throughout most of its history. Between 1961 and 1971, Motown had well over a hundred Top Ten hits from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, and Jr Walker & The All Stars.

Motown songs have never lost their mainstream appeal, and tribute concerts built around the label’s rich catalog are commonplace, though they vary widely in quality. Dwight Blake, an international touring and recording artist born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has put together one of the most polished and professional Motown tribute shows to date. His show, “Memories of Motown,” is coming back to San Miguel for three nights only—Thursday, March 28, to Saturday, March 30—at the San Miguel Playhouse. All three shows start at 7pm.

Blake will be appearing with his chosen backing band, The Groove Brothers. Reserved-seat tickets for this concert are 400 pesos for center-section seats, and 350 pesos for the side sections. They are on sale at Boleto City, on the second floor of the Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. You can also buy them online at boletocity.com.

Blake has a silky and soulful voice that with a range extending from a Barry White baritone to a Philip Bailey soprano. A music critic for the Vallarta Daily News in Puerto Vallarta, where Blake’s show has been a recurring success, wrote, “Dwight Blake’s fun, high-energy performances are always a hit, and audiences can’t help but get up and dance!”

Blake’s fellow musicians describe his shows as “tight,” a high compliment in a field too often beset with laziness and inattention to detail. How did his performances get so tight? Well, Blake’s vocal style was honed in church, and his finishing school was a rigorous succession of bookings on luxury cruise ships and at Las Vegas venues like the Golden Nugget and the Mirage.

But Blake passes the credit around: he has nothing but the highest praise for his backup band, The Groove Brothers—Andrés Piedras on keyboards, Gary Flores on drums, Danny López on bass, and guest guitarist David Rodríguez. Blake met the band last season in Puerto Vallarta.

“I was away on tour,” he recalls, “and I sent them a list of songs for my Motown show. From the first rehearsal, they were killer.”

“Memories of Motown” will include songs by iconic Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations but also by a few artists from other R&B labels like Al Green and Ben E. King. Buy your tickets today!

 

Music

“Memories of Motown

Featuring Dwight Blake and the Groove Brothers Band

Thu–Sat, Mar 28–30, 7pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Av Independencia 82

Reserved-seat tickets:

400 and 350 pesos

Tickets: Boleto City

 

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