WEG entertainment for Sept. 25: The Temptations

The Temptations play two shows in Frankfort.
The Temptations play two shows in Frankfort.

You hear the summery guitar riff. Then a drumroll clicks like the snap of fingers. Finally that first verse opens up: "I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day ..."

With this, the intro to My Girl, you are transported back to the golden age of Motown. In this case, it's just before Christmas 1964. The single is released and three months later becomes the first No. 1 hit for The Temptations.

In the following decade, the vocal group would become one of Motown's most bankable ensembles. It was also an act willing to change with the times. While initial hits like Ain't Too Proud to Beg and Get Ready helped define Motown's bright, accessible soul sound, the emergence of producer Norman Whitfield helped the Temptations find a place with a new and growing urban music audience. Late '60s and early '70s hits like Cloud Nine, Psychedelic Shack, Ball of Confusion and especially Papa Was a Rolling Stone were cornerstone songs of a genre that became known as "psychedelic soul."

The Temptations, who play Saturday and Sunday in Frankfort for the Alltech Fortnight Festival, continue today with singer Otis Williams as its lone original member.


All events are free.

At Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza: UK Jazz Ensemble, 1:30 p.m. Bluegrass Area Jazz Ensemble, 3 p.m. DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, 5 p.m. Here Come the Mummies, funk band known for dressing like mummies, 9 p.m.

At Cheapside Park: Logan Leet, singer/songwriter, 1 p.m. Kati Penn and Newtown, bluegrass, 3 p.m. No Tools Loaned, country/bluegrass, 5:30 p.m. Mother Jane, folk, 8:30 p.m.

At Triangle Park: Kentucky Market, local vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hemp rope accessories kids activity, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kentucky Treasure Box kids activity, 2-6 p.m.


Randall Bramblett, singer/songwriter. 8 p.m. Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. $15-$17. (859) 259-2754.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at Oktoberfest. 9:15 p.m. Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd. Free. (859) 268-2861


Maryjean Wall signs and discusses How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers and Breeders, 2 p.m., Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Mall at Lexington Green. Free. (859) 273-2911.

And She Said ..., dance theater work showcasing women's poetry on love and war. 5 p.m., Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center, 3050 N. Cleveland Rd. $10, $5 students and children. (859) 294-4277.

Keith McGill and Rik Roberts, comedy, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Cir. $14. (859) 271-5653.

Blessid Union of Souls, R&B. 8 p.m., Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort. $20. (502) 875-1130.