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Forget flowers. If your mom loves classic soul music, take her to the Lincoln Theatre’s “Big Mother’s Day Tribute to Motown Legends.” Headliner The Temptations Review features Dennis Edwards, who joined The Temptations in 1968, and there’s a good chance he’ll belt out renditions of “Cloud Nine,” “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today),” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” At 70, he’s no youngster—and none of his current bandmates were Temps—but Edwards still has that deep, earthy, straight-out-of-church voice, and he’s got a few slick dance moves left in him, too. He’ll be joined by the Dynamic Superiors, Jr. Walker’s All-Star Band, and the current incarnation of Philly’s Delfonics, whose sky-scraping falsettos and luscious harmonies on “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” helped define ’70s velour soul. Just remember it’s Mother’s Day, so don’t shush mom when she starts singing from her seat.
The Temptations Review performs with the Dynamic Superiors, Jr. Walker’s All-Star Band, and Delfonics at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $55–$60. (202) 328-6600. thelincolntheatre.org