August Monthly Gathering — Dancing in the Streets! Reliving the Music of Motown

“It’s just an invitation across the nation,
A chance for folks to meet.
There’ll be laughing, singing and music swinging.
Dancing in the street!”

-Martha and the Vandellas

As an irresistible source of social and cultural change, Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but on American society, as well. 

Starting with an $800 loan from his family in 1959, Berry Gordy’s brainchild of Motown Records, with its legendary “Motown Sound”, grew to become one of the most significant and stunning music industry success stories of the 20th century. In the process Motown became one of the best loved and most influential styles in American popular music. 

Henry Feinberg, our guest speaker, will take us through the development of Motown records, amid the politically and socially turbulent times of the 1960’s. You’ll hear how artists such as the Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and many others became international stars and remain popular to this day. Mr. Feinberg will also accompany his presentation with some of the music that made Motown famous, and helped shape a generation of Americans. 

Mr. Feinberg is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to and studying classical piano. The sounds of the Motor City along with an introduction to the Chicago blues fueled his interest and love of American “roots” music. Since the 80s, Henry has played both solo and with numerous blues, bluegrass, jazz and pop ensembles. His compositions have been played by jazz ensembles in various settings including the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival.  

Join us at 7pm on Saturday, August 20, when Henry Feinberg will take us through the story of Motown from its humble beginnings, to its emergence as the Sound of Young America, and beyond!

Please note that this program will be presented live and on Zoom. The live presentation will take place at:

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield
23925 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 630pm. The program begins at 7pm. Admission: $4 for Mensa Members, $5 for non-Mensans. 

Following the presentation, please join us for dinner at Buddy’s Pizza, located at 31646 Northwestern Hwy., in Farmington Hills, Just Northeast of Middlebelt Rd.

If you’d prefer to participate on Zoom, you’ll need to pre-register by clicking on the following link: ,The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will only be sent to those who are pre-registered. The Zoom room opens at 6:30pm for mingling. There is no charge for the Zoom presentation.