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Motown legend Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will be performing on Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Findlay, Ohio.  Presented by Motown Black & White, the concert will benefit the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.   Opening the evening and backing Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will be The Flag City Rock and Soul Review, featuring members of the local Reunion band. Ms. Reeves will also be backed by her Music Director, Alonza McKenzie.

     With the unmistakable voice that helped define ‘The Sound of Young America”, Reeves reigns as one of music's most beloved and acclaimed legendary artists. Reeves and the Vandellas - her sisters, Lois (who joined the group in 1967) and Delphine (who came aboard in 1980) - have been recognized with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award as well as a Grammy and induction to the Hall of Fame for the signature track ‘Dancing in The Streets’ which also made Rolling Stone’s ‘Greatest Songs of All Time’.  Other Martha Reeves and the Vandellas hits include “Heat Wave”, “My Baby Loves Me” and “Jimmy Mack”.  

      In addition to the concert, Ms. Reeves will speak at a book release party in the atrium of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m.  The book “Selling My Soul: The Gospel Truth” authored by former Findlay resident, the late Al Abrams will debut and be  sold at the event. The book will include a signed bookmark and Motown photograph. “Selling My Soul” is the second book in the Al Abrams Music Trilogy, recounting Mr. Abrams days as the publicist responsible for much of Motown’s early success.

     An interactive display and other Motown memorabilia provided by Motown Black and White and Nancy Abrams will be on display at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library beginning late September.  The interactive display features Motown themed activities including a touch-screen trivia game with an opportunity to learn more about Motown acts.

     Motown Black and White was the brainchild of the late Al Abrams, a young Jewish publicist in 1959 when he became the first employee signed to Motown by founder Berry Gordy. Abrams first Motown book “Hype and Soul”, spawned a traveling Motown exhibit Motown Black and White, which continues under the guidance of Mr. Abrams’ wife, Nancy Abrams.      

     Tickets for the performance and the book release event will go on sale on the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts website or at the ticket office on September 24th at 11 a.m. Ticket sales range from $30-$40 for the concert and $10 for the book release.  A limited amount of $100 VIP concert tickets will be available.  VIP tickets include a private after-party event with Martha Reeves at Legends.       

    The event is sponsored by the Motown Black & White Collection & Exhibit, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Ohio Logistics, Legends, WFIN, Flag City Clothing, Cuddlefish Graphics and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.  The proceeds from the event will benefit the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund, which was established in 2002 and supports the programs, projects and capital purchases of the library.  For further information about the event, visit www.findlaylibrary.org or call the library at 419-422-1712.

Conversation with Martha Reeves     - November 3rd  - 11:00 a.m. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts - Atrium. 

     In addition to the concert, Ms. Reeves will speak at a book release party in the atrium of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m.  The book “Selling My Soul: The Gospel Truth” authored by former Findlay resident, the late Al Abrams will be sold at the event. The book will include a signed bookmark and Motown photograph. “Selling My Soul” is the second book in the Al Abrams Music Trilogy, recounting Mr. Abrams days as the publicist responsible for much of Motown’s early success. 

 

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