‘U Really Got A Hold On Me’ tells Smokey Robinson’s story

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“A Tribute To The Music, Trials & Triumphs of Smokey Robinson” gives local favorite singer Br. John a chance to spin his magic and take his audiences inside the life of the famous Motown singer, poet, and songwriter.

“A live music, concert experience of the true life account of William “Smokey” Robinson Jr.’s journey from his humble days as an ambitious teen songwriter in Detroit, to founder of the famed singing group-The Miracles, to becoming VP of Motown Records. The latest historic musical tribute from “Best Of Fringe Venue Award” winner, Br. John. Smokey (Br. John) bares his soul from topics on marriage, infidelity, and drug abuse. Discover how he received a new lease on life and his secret to success.”

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Enjoy Br. John’s story telling ability to take patrons on an hour journey into Smokey’s past. The story allows you to hear his lyrics with newfound meaning. Learn how the words to “Tears of a Clown” “You Really Got a Hold on Me” and more hits reflect the inner thoughts of the legendary singer, songwriter and producer.

Br. John’s show looks into Smokey’s past and explains the events in his life that influenced his life. In a small departure to previous story-telling, Br. John said that this is the first show of a living person. Past shows were tributes to deceased performers.

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John possesses a rare talent to make his audience believe he is the actual performer. As John tells the Smokey’s story, you will believe Smokey is standing in front of you and telling you his story. As the show unfolds, the audience hears Smokey’s hits.

In the past, Br. John’s shows sell out. As word of mouth and reviews spread, the demand for his shows grows. His show works on all levels and the Motown sound brings tons of memories. While the show has some adult language, it is not strong, overdone, or offensive. The show would be appropriate for teens and up.

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John said that Smokey is now 79 and still performing. Can you believe Smokey is that age? Can you believe he helped found Motown? Can you believe Motown is more than 60 years old? “U Really Got a Hold on Me” makes you feel it is all happening in front of you, today.

Go see the show and relive the not so distant past.

Tags: “U Really Got A Hold On Me’ review, KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City Performing Arts, Kansas City Theatre, Kansas City Arts & Entertainment, The Buffalo Room


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