PORTLAND – A Motown music legend is in Portland for two nights to reunite with drummer Mel Brown.
Superstar Martha Reeves told KGW Portland is where she first heard Mel perform. Then, she encouraged him to come play with her in Detroit.
Reeves is in town for two shows Thursday night at Jimmy Mak's. It's a chance for her to reunite with former Motown drummer and Portland icon Mel Brown.
They helped define what was called the "Sound of Young America," that the world has since embraced.
“I prayed to sing. From a family of meager means, being told by so many people, ‘Oh, you can't,’ or ‘You don't,” or ‘You couldn't.” I proved them all wrong,” Reeves said. “It was a good time. Life was just so simple,” Brown added.
It's music history on stage. Reeves said she first performed in the Rose City in 1962 when, along with The Vandellas, they were "Dancing in the streets," even if they had "Nowhere to run.”
The pair will be on stage Thursday night at Jimmy Mak's in the Pearl at 7:30 p.m. and then again at 10 p.m.