The Kings Theater with the royalty of Motown

 

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Saturday I had  the pleasure of celebrating my mother’s sixty-second birthday. There is always something special about my Mom’s birthday. For one thing it is on St. Patrick’s day so everyone around us is celebrating too. It also kicks off our family’s consecutive monthly birthday procession. This year we decided to celebrate by going to a concert.  Now my parents have always loved music and dancing. I never had to wonder where I got it from. So when I saw a show for the Temptations and the Four Tops at the newly renovated King’s Theater in Brooklyn, I knew it would be the perfect night. It did not disappoint.

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This theater is beautiful. There is really no other way to describe it. It was opened in 1929 and has all the detailed decadence of that era. Apparently is was a big player in the music scene in the 70s and I even heard a reference to it in Vinyl! It has been closed for years but the restoration was done perfectly and I couldn’t even tell that it sat empty for the past three decades.  A few practical benefits is that there are a million stalls in the ladies room.  Mom and I went during intermission along with the entire rest of the theater and the line was crazy quick.  Also the drinks are the cheapest I’ve seen at a concert in forever. Love it.  The one downfall is that it is far out in BK.  Its not convenient to public transportation and I wouldn’t want to walk alone at night for twenty minute to get to a train.  But we Uber’ed there (is that the right term?) from D’s apartment and it worked out seamlessly.

 

The music was the only thing that could have outshone the theater.   I don’t think I realized how much I loved this music.  I knew that I knew the hits, My Girl and Aint too Proud to Beg, but I didn’t realize how many songs I would be singing my heart out too.  It was so much fun.  The crowd was diverse in age and ethnicity but we were all having the greatest time.   You should have seen my mom, it was the funniest thing.  I have to give a shout out to the older lady in the second row who refused to sit down and was hands down having the best time in the entire place.  My Dad has seen both of these bands multiple times so for him it was a bit bittersweet to see them without so many of the original members.  But for me, it was a special night.

 

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After Saturday I’ve decided on a couple of things.  I need to go see these bands again, my mom just got bumped up to my favorite concert partner and as for the theater my plan is to become a regular.  Also I cannot get Just My Imagination out of my head.  Someone help.

 

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