So, what was the Motown Sound? Imagine the tapping of tambourines, funky guitar strums, hand clapping, perfect melodies and interplay between the lead singers to backup vocalists. You hear the humming of bass and the crashing of the drums. Whatever happened to it? Well it’s back! By popular demand we have brought in an amazing live band to perform the greatest hits from an incredible selection of artists. Colibri Soul, bring a blast from the past with a 60s/70s vibe on the 25th October.
“Colibri Soul is Female fronted, funk drenched, horn driven with sweet soul music”
Bring your dancing shoes as we plan to be up all night dancing away to the soulful beats of the best disco, soul, pop and funk artists of our generation.
The History of Motown Records
“That sound is just as alive today. And that sound still stands up. ... Everybody in the whole wide world has been influenced by Detroit and the Motown sound.” -- Dolly Parton, country singer, songwriter and actress
With a past that involved being a motor worker and a boxer, young American Berry Gordy (who already had co-wrote hit songs with Jackie Morgan) transformed into a budding songwriter and established a small record label called Motown Records, with just an $800 loan. Miracles leader Smokey Robinson later became vice president of the company. Gordy’s mission was to form a process by which a “kid could walk in one door, an unknown off the street and come out the other a polished performer.”
Success, Gordy explains to this day, starts with a dream. "That’s what’s wrong with people," Gordy said when he started Motown. "They give up their dreams too soon. I’m never going to give up mine." And because he didn’t give up, blacks have more opportunities today and American music has changed forever.
“We thought back about the neighborhoods we were in ... and we came up with a six-word definition: rats, roaches, struggle, talent, guts, love”
-- Berry Gordy Jr., Motown Records Founder
Motown began to impose a huge influence on racial integration and popular music, making African-American music the genre that people were talking about.
Over the next decade, the vast number of chart-topping artists, musicians, and groups produced by Motown included: Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. All these artists became part of what we know today as the Motown Sound.
With Motown having celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the public still in 2014 recognise it as a continually successful record label and has even become known as a music ‘genre’ that attracts fans from all around the world.
Portland House is the proud venue of Cardiff Bay's most stunning settings suitable for any number of events from corporate conferences to blissful wedding day receptions. We are proud to be able to open it up to our first ever Motown special night.
The Banking Hall is an extremely versatile 4000 square feet of open space which we are extremely excited about transforming into a setting that takes us back to the 60s music era.
Colibri Soul will be performing at Portland House for our Evening of Motown Sound on the 25th October at 7pm. Tickets are available for just £25.
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