The music of Motown was celebrated in the SaddleBrooke Ranch event tent on Friday, March 27, with the performance of the Fourever Tops, which featured the hits from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Tami Terrel and more. And the Ranch crowd could not remain in their seats. There was so much dancing in the aisles that one of the singers joined the crowd during the performance to the delight of the audience.
The group started years ago as Fair Play, performing “American Superstars” in Las Vegas with a tribute to the Four Tops before going onto the Legends in Concert. They’re now in their fourth or fifth year of doing the Magic of Motown show as the Fourever Tops. The group consisting of Redd Williams, Antonio Powers, Daniel Mitchell and Ron Stevenson is backed by vocalist Amber Dirks. They have performed for audiences in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Berlin, Helsinki and other major cities across the globe as well as on cruise ships.
The spokesman for the Tops, Ron Stevenson, said he loves doing the show since he lived and grew up in the Motown era, noting that the music is familiar from his high school and early military days. He also said he’s had the luck of meeting the Temptations, and The Four Tops remain friends with his family. He has seen that the music of Motown is timeless. Young people appear to know some of the songs since they request those all the time. The older generation will hear songs they had heard back in high school, which brings back wonderful memories. For the SaddleBrooke Ranch generation, great memories just flooded back during the performance.
Photographs by Steve Weiss.