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Three Reasons to See Smokey Robinson This Weekend

It's not everyday that we get to check out a concert put on by one of the greats from our parents' era.

I'm proud to say that my dad brought me up listening to music from his early years. My first three concerts were the Beach Boys, and the radio station we always listened to played either played "golden oldies" or "Motown, soul, and great rock n' roll."

DJ Cousin Brucie was always there to spin the songs I loved that came way before my time. After all, he was usually more fun to listen to than the occasionally short-tempered Casey Kasem counting down the weekly Top 40. Don't even get me started on how much I hated listening to Ryan Seacrest after he took over the countdown.

In honor of Smokey Robinson's upcoming show, we're giving you three great reasons why one of the greats of Motown is worth checking out this weekend. (Seriously -- George Clinton and Smokey in the same weekend?)

Smokey Robinson is scheduled to perform Sunday, May 27, at the Talking Stick Resort.

3. You'll get to hear your favorite R&B crooner sing early Motown classics.

"Tears of a Clown"? "I Second That Emotion"? "Ooo Baby Baby"? "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"? "The Tracks of My Tears"? Come on guys, these are all oldies but goodies.

2. If you're old...
...let the songs of your childhood take you back to your more youthful days. On the other hand, if you're young, let your inner old lady or old man get the best of you. We know you want to get down to all those hits we just named.

1. He had a bunch of hits with The Miracles, but he also wrote songs for lots of other artists.
If you're on your best behavior, he might just play a few of those classics he penned for The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye, among others. Who knows?

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Lenni Rosenblum