Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

If you wanna get fired up for the new year, you might want to head down to the Dakota to bask in the undiminished glory of Motown icon Martha Reeves's incendiary pipes, which'll be stokin' up a "Heat Wave" guaranteed to rocket listeners through 2013 and well beyond. The rumbling, explosive "Heat Wave," which ignited the charts alongside Beatlemania in 1964, was among multiple peaks that carried Martha & the Vandellas through Motown's '60s glory days, including such indelible nuggets as "Dancing in the Streets," "Jimmy Mack," "Nowhere to Run," and "Quicksand." Grittier and fiercer than other girl groups such as the Supremes, Martha and company rode their wondrous voices and treasure chest of Holland-Dozier-Holland nuggets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group originally broke up in 1973, but has been on the prowl again for some time with Reeves's sisters, Lois and Delphine, on board as the Vandellas, still inspiring gyrations on street corners everywhere.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Jan. 9. Continues through Jan. 10, 2013

 
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