Civic Center Comes to Life with the Sounds of Motown


The Colleton Civic Center was full of music on Saturday, June 22. The Charleston Funk Brother and The Black Velvets brought a musical tribute to Motown Legend and Edisto Island, South Carolina legend James Jamerson. Jamerson who played bass on countless Motown Classics has been awarded numerous award including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the Hollywood Rock Walk, the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, and his place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with The Funk Brothers. The tribute, hosted by Anthony McKnight featured performances of Motown classics from The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, Marvin Gay and Jr. Walker. Songs such as Don’t Mess with Bill, My Guy, My Guy, brought the audience to their feet with Dancing in the Street. Performers included, in addition to The Funk Brothers, Sam Washington, Bill Wilson, The Black Velvets, Pearl Griffin and many others. Former Mayor John Tecklenburg presented an induction to the South Carolina Entertainers and Musicians Hall of Fame. Members of Jamerson’s family were in attendance at the concert, and McKnight that hosted the event is Jamerson’s cousin.