Mostly Motown: A Community Concert Presented By The Note-Ables

By: Wendy Firestone Email
By: Wendy Firestone Email

RENO, NV - On Tuesday, July 19 at 7PM, The Note-Ables will bring together more than 60 local musicians, of all ages and abilities, to converge on the lawn in front of the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. Mostly Motown will be an evening of rhythm and blues, soul, and pop music that is sure to get audience members up and dancing.

“For our second Artown concert, The Note-Ables chose a Motown theme to take advantage not only of some of the greatest music produced in America, but also Motown’s legacy of integration,” said Manal Toppozada, executive director of The Note-Ables.

“We have an exciting lineup that includes professional musicians from our community, as well as singers, dancers and musicians from the various Note-Ables programs and classes making this a truly inclusive event,” added Toppozada.

The Motown sound has always represented integration, bringing people together and breaking down racial divides. One of America’s final obstacles to break down is the barrier people with disabilities find within their community. Oftentimes people with differences are discounted and not seen as fully participating members of our community. The Note-Ables seeks to eliminate those attitudinal barriers and raise awareness that “creativity knows no bounds.” What better way than through the power of music?

Mostly Motown will include performances from The Note-Ables performing group, The Smokin' Bulldogs, The Pleasant Heads, The Grups and students from Note-Ables’ music, dance and guitar classes. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, low-back chairs and a picnic ready to enjoy a heartwarming evening full of music that has the potential to change the world.

This event is free and open to the public; a $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of The Note-Ables bringing music programs, music therapy and performance opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.

Mostly Motown during the month of July is part of the 16th annual Artown festival, July 2011. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

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