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“What, exactly, is Motown?” We get this question a lot and, as lovers of Motown, we figured it was up to provide the perfect definition!

Let’s go back in time for a moment – the term “Motown” derives from the 1960s, when a Detroit-based record label created the name from the city’s nickname, “motor town.”  Initially, Motown was a hybrid between pop, soul, and jazz, with the purpose of getting people on the dance floor. In a time of social prejudice and discrimination, Motown broke barriers and brought together people of different races, ages, and social backgrounds for a unified purpose – good tunes and fun times.

Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye…all well-known names and all famous for their funky Motown vibe. Today, the Motown record label is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group; however, as it is with many great things, the term “Motown” has grown to encompass all music that shares the same style. Over 50 years later, Motown’s legacy underlies much of the music we hear on the radio, from pop hits to hip-hop ballads.

To get a better idea of how Motown sounds and what Matchmaker Band has to offer, hop on over to our Videos page and have a listen!

Matchmaker Band is a 10-piece band based in Austin, Texas. The band's four unique vocalists and a solid rhythm section make Matchmaker Band a crowd favorite, with a reputation as #1 Motown-Funk-Soul Wedding Band in Austin. Fueled by their love of music and a fun team dynamic, Matchmaker Band is available for travel throughout the US and beyond. 

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