Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson will host a ceremony at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18 at Oakland City Hall Plaza to present Motown legend Berry Gordy with a County Proclamation declaring “Berry Gordy Day” in the East Bay.
Other East Bay elected officials will join Carson with similar presentations, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Deputy Mayor Sandré Swanson.
“Motown The Musical” cast members will perform a few songs from the show right on the Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.
Gordy is coming to the Bay Area for opening night of Motown The Musical, and wanted to use the opportunity to personally connect with the people of Oakland and the entire East Bay, where the Motown Sound has always had a home.
The musical will play Aug.15 – Sept. 28 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.
In connection with the opening of the musical, Gordy will officially launch his “Motown Legends” photo exhibit, a collection of mixed media pieces by Motown artist Chris Clark, taken from Gordy’s private collection, including images of The Temptations, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.