The Commodores


Groove is in the group.

Photo by Randy Miramontez /
Photo by Randy Miramontez /

Thursday, July 9

Playing music for more than three decades, The Commodores built themselves a legacy within the industry. The group got their start in college at Tuskegee University in 1968 where they were first known as the “smart guys.” While at Tuskegee, they played at talent shows and fraternity parties until discovered by the legendary Berry Gordy while opening for the Jackson 5. After signing to Motown records, The Commodores went on to sell 60 million records and became Motown’s largest selling act in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The group racked up a string of hits like “Machine Gun,” “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Sail On,” “Oh No,” “Slippery When Wet,” “Too Hot To Trot” and many other hits that moved an entire generation. Though the group’s current roster is missing several founding members, including the great Lionel Richie, The Commodores continue to produce and perform like it did in its hey-day. On Thursday, July 10, Walter “Clyde” Orange, James Dean “J.D.” Nicholas and William “WAK” King, along with their five-piece band, the Mean Machine, will be at Riverwind Casino. Tickets start at $45. For more information, please visit