Fri, Nov 17

Smokey Robinson Returns to DPAC on April 29, 2018

Up Close & Personal with a Motown Original
Smokey Robinson
April 29, 2018

November 17, 2017 (Durham, NC) Smokey Robinson, one of the most iconic figures in American R&B, is set to make his triumphant return to DPAC for an intimate, one-night engagement. The Motown legend and pioneer will perform at DPAC on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1 at Noon:

  • Online at
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

“Smokey Robinson fans have been highly anticipating his return since his last performance, and it’s a great honor to present one of the leading figures from the Motown era back to DPAC, says Candice Terrell, Assistant Director of Marketing at DPAC. His classic style and legendary hits make a perfect fit for our intimate setting, guaranteeing guests an once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. Smokey Robinson is responsible for much of what is known as the ‘Motown sound,’ having written, produced and performed a vast number of the label’s signature hits. Over his five decade career, Smokey founded the Miracles, scouted talent like the Supremes for Motown, and he helped define pop-oriented soul with his smooth tenor voice, impeccable timing and profound sense of lyric.

With over 4,000 songs to his credit, Smokey’s many Motown hits include his solo classics like “Cruisin’” and “Being With You”; the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “The Tracks of My Tears”; the Temptations’ “My Girl” and “Get Ready”; Mary Wells’ “My Guy”; Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone” and many more. Covered by the Beatles (“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”), The Captain & Tennille (“Shop Around”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game”), Smokey was deservedly awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.

Robinson has received numerous other awards including the Grammy® Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from Howard University and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.


About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed annually among the top venues in the country by multiple publications that track attendance and live event sales, DPAC is currently the #4 ranked theater in the U.S.

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone”, hosting over 200 performances a year including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), since 2011 DPAC has been listed the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.