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Posted on: February 21, 2023

City’s second ‘Motown in Downtown’ event planned for February 25

Event kicks off 2023 Downtown Events Series

KILLEEN, Texas (Feb. 21, 2023) – The City of Killeen’s second annual Motown in Downtown will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 4p.m. to 8p.m. on East Avenue D at the Santa Fe Plaza.

It will be a funk-filled celebration of great soul music, showcasing some of Central Texas’ finest entertainers. It will also feature a car show, a best dressed competition, food truck, craft vendors, live entertainment and more. It will be an opportunity for family fun and supporting local downtown businesses.

This year the event feature seven acts, who will begin taking the stage at 4:15p.m.:

Groove Knight is considered one of the best classic Motown groups in Texas, boasting a fabulous funky horn section. Collectively, the musicians in Groove Knight have been entertaining audiences for more than two decades, performing for countless events from major cruise lines, festivals, live radio and TV.

Royce Montgomery has spent years entertaining professionally including a lengthy stint at various theatres in Branson, Mo. He was a regular cast member at the Ozark Jubilee Theatre, he's made guest appearances at The Bob Nichols Theater and The Charlie Pride Theater. 

Neidra Lemon is considered a local trailblazer in the Hip Hop dance community and is the owner of Freestyle Dance Studio located in Killeen. She is a professional dancer and choreographer who’s had the opportunity to dance and work with various celebrity music artist such as Keke Palmer, Wale, Kamayiah and many more.

Sandra Hawkins aka “Black Diamond” is an internationally acclaimed, award winning Gospel recording artist and celebrity impersonator who is soon to perform and receive the 2023 “Gospel Trailblazer Award” from the world-renowned Gospel artist , Shirley Caesar & Dorothy Norwood in Dallas in June.

Lady SongBird Jinda is an international vocalist, songwriter in R&B, Jazz, Soul and Funk. She has as worked with the late Ollie Woodson of The Temptations and participated in a huge production called Motown Review in Houston.

Richard Hegens Jr. is a professional jazz, gospel, and old school, flautist. His style of flute playing has been influenced by the late Anthony Thompson, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, and the first African American female flautist, Bobbi Humphrey. Richard has played with various well-known artists like Kyle Turner, Michael Ward, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, and Pastor Wess Morgan

Stretch Musik Band is one of the region’s top party style bands that feature cover music from the classics, Top 40 hits and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.  

For more information on Motown in Downtown or other upcoming Downtown Events, visit or contact Levallois Hamilton, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (254) 501-7758.

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