Legendary Smokey Robinson part of Burnaby festival

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The City of Burnaby has teamed up with Live Nation in presenting the 10th Annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park on August 9th featuring the legendary Smokey Robinson.

Smokey RobinsonAmong the various acts set to take the stage during the one-day festival is the legendary Smokey Robinson.  Born William Robinson, Jr, the legendary “King of Motown”, Smokey Robinson rose to fame in the 1950’s with the formation of his group the Matadors, which later became the world famous Miracles. A chance meeting with record producer Berry Gordy, Jr. led to a contract with Motown Records under which The Miracles scored their first big hit with “Shop Around” (1960) and eventually numerous others including, “You Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962) and “I Second That Emotion” (1967).

Along with Robinson other acts scheduled to perform include Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Keb’Mo’, David Lindley, JJ Grey & Mofro, Raul Malo, Tinsley Ellis, Oh Susanna and Rich Hope and His Evil Doers.

According to Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, “This is a very special year for the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, celebrating 10 years of fantastic music and the final day of the World Police and Fire Games. We’re expecting great weather and a big crowd, so get your tickets early. This festival has become a signature event for our community, with Deer Lake Park developing an international reputation as one of the best outdoor concert venues. Don’t miss out on the fun!”

Tickets are $40-$50 and available at Ticketmaster onlinbe or by phone at 604-280-4444.

Visit http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com for more information.

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