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SMOKEY ROBINSON BRINGS SOUL TO THE KEITH-ALBEE

By MAGAN HAMMOND
On February 17, 2013

Smokey Robinson performed at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, Saturday, as part of the 76th Marshall Artists Series.

The concert nearly filled the performing arts center with fans of the Motown legend.

Robinson performed songs like, My Girl and Tracks of my Tears.

Throughout the concert, Robinson interacted with the audience by getting them involved in the music and having them sing along to some of his most popular hits.

The crowd applauded him during and in between songs.

One fan of Robinson, Debbie Dillon, said she enjoyed the performance.

I thought it was really, really good, Dillon said. Well worth the money.

Dillon and her friend Cathy Wells said their favorite part of the concert was his performance of his older songs.

During his performance of My Girl, a song he originally wrote for The Temptations, Robinson got the audience involved with singing along with him in sections.

Robinson held the attention of the audience throughout his performance by talking to them, dancing and introducing the people in his band.

Another fan, Rebecca Anderson, said the concert made her want to have a good time.

It was wonderful, made me want to get down, Anderson said.

Robinson took time out during his performance to introduce all of the people involved in performing, including the backup singer and backup dancers.

Robinson talked about his two newest albums, which were available for purchase. He also mentioned a new album that is currently in the process of recording.

Robinson referred to the album as a Spanglish album. The songs will consist of both English and Spanish lyrics.

Another fan of Robinson said he put on a fabulous show and that he sounded as good as he ever has.

I thought it was fabulous, McKinney said. His voice sounded just as good as it ever did.

At the end of the concert, Robinson got everyone in the audience involved in a feel good contest. He divided the room into sections, and brought two audience members onto the stage a lady to represent each side of the room.

For the contest, each side of the room had to sing, I Love It When Were Cruising Together. The contest allowed his fans to get involved with the concert in a way they otherwise would not have been able to.

Magan Hammond can be contacted at hammond53@marshall.edu.

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