Inedible career

RnB Classics Live presents What’s Going On: An Anthology of the Music of Marvin Gaye at Proctors

An Anthology of the Music of Marvin Gaye is a great retrospective of a brilliant career. During his time at Motown in the 1960s, Marvin Gaye was a typical Motown artist, recording the songs that were given to him, over which he had no creative control. In the 70s, he rebelled against the label’s system and took control over his music with tremendous results. Balancing raw power with shades of vulnerability, Gaye rose to the top of Motown’s roster without the benefit of a supporting vocal group. Whether singing love songs or social commentary, Gaye’s songs displayed an earnestness and sincerity that are a soul singer’s most potent weapons. Among his 47 top 40 hits and 18 number ones are memorable duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell.

His standing among the most enduring 20th century American musical artists is without question, yet his story is rarely told beyond the tragic circumstances of his death. Enormously talented and equally complicated, Gaye created an intimate style—full of honesty, integrity and vulnerability—and, essentially, gave the world his autobiography in lyrics and melody. He was the Motown star who challenged and changed the face of black music, embodying its evolution from roots in gospel, jazz and rhythm and blues to sophisticated pop and sexually, politically charged soul. This RnB Classics Live presentation with a 15 piece band and four singers will capture, live, the tone and texture of a career that still leaves an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

What’s Going On: An Anthology of the Music of Marvin Gaye
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12