Motown will be the theme of Dublin's 2011 Independence Day celebration as Smokey Robinson headlines the annual concert.

Motown will be the theme of Dublin's 2011 Independence Day celebration as Smokey Robinson headlines the annual concert.

The city last week announced that Robinson, whose songs include "Tears of a Clown," "I Second That Emotion" and "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," would headline the Independence Day Celebration on July 4.

Events administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo said staff members work year-round on entertainment for Independence Day, but the actual contract negotiation took only a few weeks.

"We kind of work year-round to look at who residents tell us they would like to have; then we narrow down the list and find who to bring that would appeal to the most people," she said.

Robinson will follow the likes of other Motown and blues acts, such as The Miracles, The Drifters and the Four Tops, which, DiSalvo said, draw crowds.

"(People) always tell us on surveys and on our website, even through word of mouth," she said. "It seems that it appeals to a family audience, and this is definitely a family and community event. And they're all songs everyone can relate to, and many people have heard many of the songs before."

The opening act still is in the works, DiSalvo said, adding that it would be a local act. A Dublin senior also will sing the national anthem. DiSalvo said the search is on for a Dublin senior to sing it.

"We're seeking either a soloist or a small group," she said. "Candidates must be a graduating senior from Dublin or a Dublin high school. They can send us a recorded sample of their singing voice and a short bio. We listen and choose from that."

With a top act set, tables for the Independence Day celebration will go on sale at 7:30 a.m. May 4 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road. Tables of 10 may be reserved on the Coffman High School football field for $100. Each household is limited to two tables, DiSalvo said, adding that they often go quickly.

"We usually sell out, if not in the first day, usually within the week," she said. "In the past, we've sold out the day of the table sale. If any are left after the sale, we only have a handful left."

The sale has prompted some to come even earlier than 7:30 a.m. with coffee and a lawn chair to start a line.

"Some people line up in the middle of the night," DiSalvo said. "They want to get their certain spot on the field, so they come and sit there all night."

Tables also may be reserved prior to the May 4 sale via the "Patriotic Table" partner program for $1,000.

Free seating for the celebration, which will begin at 5 p.m., is available in the bleachers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Independence Day festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with the Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks will follow the concert at 9:50 p.m.

To volunteer for Dublin's Independence Day celebration, call (614) 410-4406 or visit Dublin.

To be part of the Patriotic Table program or an event sponsor, call DiSalvo at (614) 410-4507 or e-mail mdisalvo@dublin.