#22 of 46 Pigeon Forge Things To Do

Soul of Motown

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Enjoy a Great Night of Motown Hits and Dynamic Dance Performances at the Soul of Motown
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You can't visit the Smokies without catching the Soul of Motown at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater. This highly rated dinner show features tributes to numerous Motown legends and is a must for Motown and soul music lovers.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Dinner theater is a popular pastime in the Smokies, but not all shows are created equal. If you want to feel inspired to get on your feet and dance to the tunes alongside the performers, don’t miss the Soul of Motown, a concert-style homage to the legends of the Motown era. Don’t hesitate to let your feet lead the way, either. The Grand Majestic Theater encourages attendees to dance in their seats or on the aisles.

As soon as you start grooving to the Motown and soul classics you know and love, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1950s or ’60s when this style of music reigned supreme. You’ll appreciate the performers’ amazing voices, impeccable dance moves, and amazing costumes. You’ll love their near-perfect imitations of Motown greats, too. In fact, you might even think you’re witnessing your favorite classic performers right there on the stage.

Sing along to songs by all the big Motown names. You’ll hear all your Motown favorites, and you might even catch yourself humming a new-to-you tune, too. The show includes numbers by:

  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Sam Cooke
  • The Drifters
  • The Temptations
  • The Four Tops
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Jackson 5
  • Stevie Wonder

While the Motown performance is certainly the main attraction here, the Soul of Motown includes a pre-show dinner, too. In fact, every ticket includes an all-you-can-eat dinner and nonalcoholic beverages served an hour before the show. The dinner menu typically includes parmesan-crusted chicken, pasta and meatballs, veggies, and dinner rolls. Be sure to save room for the peach turnover for dessert, too. Complimentary drink options include water, iced tea, soda, and coffee.

Dinner guests 21 and over also have the option to purchase alcoholic beverages, including moonshine, beer, and wine. Numerous snack options are also available, including popcorn, hot appetizers, and candy.

The Soul of Motown goes live six days a week at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge. The theater is located right on Pigeon Forge Parkway between the first and second traffic lights, next door to the River Bend Inn. Traffic and parking can be tricky on this busy stretch of Pigeon Forge Parkway, so be sure to leave extra time to get to the theater. After all, you won’t want to miss a single note of any of these Motown classics.

Catch the Soul of Motown at either 5 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Note that the show doesn’t run on Sundays, so plan accordingly. Be sure to buy your tickets for Soul of Motown in advance, since this popular show may sell out before the performance. Note that all available tickets for a show usually have the same price, no matter where the seat is located. Whether you choose a seat in the center of the main floor or on the balcony, you’ll have a great view of the performance on stage.

Insider Tip:

  • While the Soul of Motown is a dinner show, you can opt out of the dinner portion of the evening if you have other plans for an evening meal. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to spare before the show starts, even if you aren’t planning to enjoy the included dinner.