Breaking: Motown on Maui at the MACC

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Sunday (August 15), 7pm, Events Lawn, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, $35 / $50 / $65 / $85 / $125


KAHULUI, MAUI – Legendary Motown sensations, The Temptations and The Four Tops, are coming to Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a very special double-bill performance on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm under the stars on the Events Lawn.

For more than 40 years, The Temptations have been performing to sold-out crowds and recording highly successful records.  They have withstood the test of time, making them one of the most successful groups in music history.  In 1960, two Detroit doo-wop groups, The Primes and The Distants, merged into one super-group known as The Temptations.  In 1964, they teamed up with singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson to record their first major hit, “The Way You Do the Things you Do.”  Soon, hit after hit started pouring out with songs like: “Just My Imagination,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Masterpiece,” “You’re My Everything,” “All I Need,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Beauty is Only Skin Deep” and “I Wish it Would Rain.”  One song established the group as the leaders of the Motown Sound – “My Girl” which is still their most successful hit to date.

The Temptations became the definitive male vocal group of the 60s but gained long-term success due to their ability to adapt to the popular music styles of the day while retaining their signature vocal styles. The Temptations reconstructed their music to fit the psychedelic sound of the 70s with hits such as “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” “Run Away Child, Running Wild,” “Cloud Nine” and “Psychedelic Shack.” The group has earned tremendous cross-over success throughout the years and today they continue to wow crowds with their alluring sound, pristine look and refined dance moves.  The Temptations are:  Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.

One of the top soul groups of the Motown era, The Four Tops have won the hearts of thousands with their captivating sound that blends pure vocal power with sweet harmonies and dance rhythm. The members of the group began their careers together while they were high school students in Detroit.  In 1960, they signed to Motown Records and scored their first #1 hit, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” in June 1965.  An avalanche of hits soon followed with songs like:  “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Something About You,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Bernadette,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got” and “Keeper of the Castle.”

The Four Tops records often represented the epitome of the Motown Sound – simple distinctive melodies and rhymes combined with call-and-response lyrics.  Not only did the group find success in America, they also became the most popular Motown group in England during the British invasion. The Four Tops are considered one of the greatest groups to ever come out of Detroit and became one of the top-tier performers on the Motown label with a legacy of longevity, harmony and soul.  The Four Tops are:  Adbul “Duke” Fakir, Theo Peoples, Ronnie McNier and Rokie Payton.

The Temptations and The Four Tops come together for the biggest Hawai‘i tour of the summer; a Tom Moffatt Production.  They will also perform on Thursday, August 12 in Blaisdell Arena on O‘ahu and on Saturday, August 14 at the Waikoloa Bowl on Hawai‘i Island.

Tickets are priced at $35, $50 and $65 with a limited number of $85 Premium table seating and $125 Golden Circle table seating available (plus applicable fees).  Premium tables include access to designated bars and restrooms.  Golden Circle Tables also include the premier location and personalized beverage service.  Tickets go on sale to MACC Members on Saturday, July 10 at 10 a.m. and will be on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 17. The MACC show is for those aged 21 years and older.  To purchase tickets, call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit




  1. […] If funky doo-wop were a dish, it’d definitely be a dessert. And if that’s so, the two historic Motown acts headlining this Sunday at the MACC are not mere toppings, they’re the main scoop. The Temptations (a 1960 “super group” merger between The Primes and The Distants) and The Four Tops (originally The Four Aims, formed of friends from Michigan’s Pershing and Northern high schools), both got their start in Detroit during the birth of Motown. With innumerable hits that have spanned the decades, these groups are considered to be some of the most successful in music history. But have all these guys really been rockin’ for half a century? Well, not exactly. Here’s the skinny: The Temptations, during their “Classic Five” era, featured Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams and David Ruffin. Today, Williams is the only original member remaining, with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson (all joining the group since the ’90s) completing the modern lineup. As with The Temptations, The Four Tops’ have but one surviving original—Abdul “Duke” Fakir—and Roquel Payton, Theo Peoples and Ronne McNeir fill-in for members who have since passed. But I digress. These groups are so beloved, I think fans (past, present and future) will agree they’d love to see them continue on for another 50 years. The important thing is to bring along your boogie shoes and bring your weekend to a soulfully sweet close. Want to read more? Check out the breaking blog post HERE. […]