Sunday, November 4, 2018

Just To See SMOKEY ROBINSON - Event Review Snoqualmie Casino - 11/1/18

Smokey Robinson

Snoqualmie, WA


Like millions of people, I grew up hearing Motown artists in the household where I grew up. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were one of many that I remember as well as Smokey's solo work.

Thursday evening at the Snoqualmie Casino, as a part of their 10th Anniversary celebration, the legend himself took the stage for a performance I will never forget.

The 9-piece backing band kicked off the night before major applause erupted in the event center as Smokey strolled out from stage left singing the opening lyrics to, "Being With You". For the next 90-minutes (give or take), the legend showed that after decades of entertaining audiences, he has not missed a beat.

His signature voice was as clean and sensual as ever. And the man was singing live - no backing tapes. Smokey played a mix of tunes from throughout his expansive career. Songs such as, "Second That Emotion", "Oooo Baby, Baby", "Just To See Her", "Tracks of My Tears", and set ender, "Cruisin'" all sounded truly phenomenal.

As a legendary tunesmith, Smokey has written or co-written thousands of songs, not to mention his production and Motown management work. He performed a medley of tunes he wrote for the Temptations - including one of their signature songs, "My Girl" - to a very appreciative audience.

Moving and singing like an artist from twenty years ago (or more), Smokey Robinson was an inspiration. It honestly tripped me out afterward to think I just saw/heard "the" Smokey Robinson sing a classic song like, "Tracks of My Tears" live. Unbelievable!

Thank you Smokey Robinson for all the amazing music over the years. I hope to see you on a return show to the Pacific Northwest soon.

All the best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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Special Thanks: Tarah and Jennifer of Snoqualmie Casino for handling the credentials. Your consistent communication was much appreciated and everything happened without an issue. Thank you also to Mr. Barnes for the initial approval - I sincerely appreciate the opportunity!

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