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If you “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” for good music, then get ready for an unforgettable evening.

Tribute To the Temptations will perform during two shows on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The two shows will take place at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and special VIP seating is available.

“We’re definitely going to deliver an awesome show on Valentine’s eve,” said Donald Burton, leader of Tribute to the Temptations.

His group is dedicated to honoring the legacy of The Temptations, a legendary act that has excited audiences with a succession of Top 10 hits released between 1964 and 1998.

Burton’s vocalists honor The Temptations by performing songs from the group’s classic era of the 1960s and 70s, such as “My Girl,” the “Way You Do The Things You Do,” “I’m Losing You,” “Since I lost My Baby,” “Cloud Nine” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.”

The official Temptations group, led by sole surviving original member Otis Williams, is still touring. In addition, there are also several splinter Temptations- group led by former members.

“What makes us special is that we pay homage to the hard work of the original lineup. We’ve got the choreography, the attire and everything down,” said Burton, who portrays the late singer David Ruffin in the group. “We couldn’t have chosen a better group to celebrate. People all over the world love the Temptations.”

Burton, a native of Indianapolis, created Tribute to the Temptations in 1993 after moving to Las Vegas to pursue a singing career. He came up with the idea of a tribute group after attending a show at the famous Imperial Palace Casino Hotel, where performers celebrated and emulated artists such as Michael Jackson, Elvis and Madonna.

Following a series of auditions, Burton selected four talented vocalists who conducted several months of rehearsals with him before they were booked for a series of performances at the Imperial Palace.

Within a short time, the group was asked to perform at several other casinos and clubs on the legendary Las Vegas gambling strip. It has had a steady schedule of concerts on cruise ships and in venues around the world ever since.

“We have been truly blessed, and the reception we have received from audiences has been wonderful,” Burton said.

The group was even noticed one night by Otis Williams and members of the official Temptations, who just happened to be relaxing at a quiet casino away from the strip – the same casino where Burton and his singers were performing.

“After the show a representative said he wanted to meet us,” said Burton. “We went over to his table and he just told us we were doing a great job and wished us the best of luck.”

For the first time Tribute to the Temptations will be performing in Indianapolis, and Burton is looking for a little hometown support this Valentine’s Day weekend.

“Some people are initially turned off when they see the word ‘tribute’ in our name,” Burton said. “But once they arrive at the venue and see us on stage, it’s on.”

For information about the Tribute to the Temptations concerts, call (317) 490-1611 or visit www.tributetothetemptations.net.

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