Funk and Soul Hitmakers The Commodores Perform at IP Sept. 1

BILOXI, Miss.—Motown supergroup The Commodores will bring its top funk and soul hits to IP CASINO RESORT & SPA’s Studio A on Friday, Sept. 1.  

Formed in 1968, The Commodores began as a group of seven Tuskegee University students coming together to perform funk and soul music throughout Alabama. Their stardom began to rise as they moved out of state and landed gigs in New York City, catching the eye of The Jackson 5, who asked The Commodores to open for them. Motown took notice of the group’s talents, quality performances and increasing popularity, and gave them a record deal.

The Commodores released their first Motown single “Machine Gun,” which became a Top Ten  hit and garnered national attention. The septet went on to release a series of chart-topping hits, including “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Sail On” and “Too Hot Ta Trot.” After group member Lionel Richie left to pursue a solo career in 1982, J.D. Nicholas joined The Commodores and helped the group produce some of their greatest hits. In 1986, The Commodores won their first Grammy Award for their No. 1 single “Nightshift.” The group also sold more than 60 million records for Motown.

With seven No. 1 hits, multiple Top Ten singles and 50 albums to their name, The Commodores have enjoyed major success within the music industry. The group now works under their own record label, Commodores Records and Entertainment, and continues to impress fans with their soulful music and outstanding performances.

The group’s lineup features original members William King and Walter “Clyde” Orange, as well as 1982 addition, J.D. Nicholas.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Tickets start at $45 plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets are available online at and Tickets can also be purchased at the IP Box Office or at the Ticketmaster kiosk located on property. Guests may call Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000. Advanced purchase tickets must be picked up at the Box Office on the day of the show starting at 1 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the show.  No refunds or exchanges will be permitted.


Winner of the elite AAA Four Diamond award, the IP CASINO RESORT SPA is the Gulf Coast's premier entertainment resort destination. Towering 32 stories over the scenic Back Bay of Biloxi, the IP is home to more than 1,000 elegantly appointed hotel rooms and suites, live entertainment, award-winning restaurants, and a first-class spa. For further information, visit IP CASINO RESORT SPA is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Boyd Gaming and IP press releases are available at