In the winter of 1959, in Detroit, Michigan, a young Korean War veteran named Berry Gordy took an $800 loan from his family and invested it into his dream of founding his own record company. The company that Gordy created, Motown, would go on to make an immeasurable impact on global popular culture.
Introducing the world to a wide range of acts such as Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, and many more, Motown dominated the charts throughout the 60s and 70s. Berry Gordy and his deep roster of homegrown Detroit talent would be integral in helping to spread the message of soul music around the world.
Founded in 2009 by DJ Donovan Gordo Cabeza, Motown on Mondays (MOM) bills itself as the world’s largest weekly dance party. To date, MOM. events have been hosted in no less than 35 cities around the world, San Francisco, NYC, Sao Paulo, Toronto and beyond. Philadelphia also hosts its own weekly homage to the Motown sound.
Motown on Mondays Philly will be hosted at the Germantown Garden at Vesper Dayclub. Guided by resident DJs Junior, Craig Dash, and Lil Dave and supported by a consistent lineup of talented guests, it's the perfect outdoor happy hour for the hot summer months.
Although Motown is primarily known for 60s soul, the musical selection at MOM Philly promises to cover a wide range of sounds that span decades. Lil Dave explains; “People forget about all the great music Motown put out throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond. We also pull a bunch of amazing cover versions, album cuts, remixes, mashups, and closely related songs. There are always plenty of surprises!”
Motown on Mondays happens weekly from 5pm to 10pm at Vesper Dayclub’s Germantown Garden, 1029 Germantown Avenue. RSVP for free online.