STEVE JASIECKI/More than 340 people attended the concert under the tent at the Margate City Public Library, Saturday, July 23, 2022.


MARGATE – “Get ready for here I come,” Ivery Bell sang out as Dr. K’s Motown Review started its performance under the tent at the Margate City Public Library Saturday afternoon. When “Dancing in the Streets” came up next, people rose out of their seats and started dancing as the band continued to play all the old Motown favorites.

The Four Tops, Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes were just some of the 1960s era bands brought back to life for the 90 minute review. One of the premier Motown cover bands, the seven-piece band with five vocalists and crew, made the three-hour journey from New York to Margate to play under the library park tent to the delight of the Margate audience.

Dr. K, bass guitarist Paul Korman, formed the review in 2004 when he assembled some of the finest musicians and vocalists from the New York area. Each performer is capable of being a frontrunner on their own and with each singer’s unique style and their blended harmonies they were able to cover the variety of groups that made up the Motown sound.

Dr. K’s Motown Review is one of several performances from the Margate Library’s Summer Concert Series. Library Director Jim Cahill wanted to bring in an assortment of music for residents and visitors to enjoy, so a large tent was set up in the park where people can be out of the sun and enjoy the music. With the popularity of the Motown show, people brought their beach chairs and were spread out on the grassy area surrounding the tent.

“The park is a great venue for these kinds of events,” Cahill said. “People really appreciate these concerts.”

More than 340 people attended the performance.

“The park is Margate’s crown jewel. People really like being outside. The park offers that opportunity where people can enjoy the fresh air and the green space.”

Cahill sees a lot of potential use for the park and has ideas for more events.

From simple arrangements with violins and piano to the larger venues including the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Margate library strives to bring exceptional entertainment to the shore community. All concerts are free and open to the public so come out and enjoy the music.

The next performances from the summer series under the tent are:

  • Monday, Aug. 8, 6 p.m. – Arkai Duo, Jonathan Miron and Philip Sheegog present classical virtuosity and Rock & Roll
  • Monday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. – Rachel and Keve offer a whirlwind concert of virtuosic instrumentals.

Stay tuned for more concerts planned for the fall.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.