....a few minutes in, Human Nature welcomed us to the 'party'. Their shiny shoes and bow tie look indicated to me to get ready for a class act! From Sidney, Australia, these four men who referred to themselves as ordinary guys, proved within minutes to be 'extra ordinary'. With a love for music and dance as teens they performed as a barber shop quartet, but soon shifted to Motown, loving the beat and soul of such groups as the Temptations. Motown was birthed in the United States in the late 50's, but soon reached the ears of Mike, Andrew, Phil and Toby lighting a fire that never quit.
During the performance the highs and lows of harmony was done beautifully. Music and rhythm aside, just watching four handsome men, suited up, brought class into the house and heightened the crowd with anticipation. "Shop Around" brought back memories for me, and when "Stop in the Name of Love" filled the room it took you back in time when young people would escape into the fun of music. This show was family friendly, but it wasn't a surprise to see the seats filled with older folks who related so much with the Motown sound.
Mike, Andrew, Phil and Toby have been together musically for twenty-five years. The lead singer Mike, who initiated this 'dream' said it all began with "I'll Be There". Their relationship with Smokey Robinson is genuine and productive in honoring Motown, and Human Nature is continuing to keep the heart and soul of Motown alive. The energy level these guys had, the 'moves' and quality singing certainly is worth checking out. Each performer is gifted, but the four together were amazingly entertaining. There was just the right mix of performance and audience participation to really keep the fun going. Backed up by the Hollas Band Las Vegas, Human Nature brought home a sound that brought history back to life! It just couldn't have been better!
Smokey Robinson’s Human Nature: The Motown Show is currently playing at The Sands Showroom inside Las Vegas’ glitzy Venetian Hotel and Casino. With hits from the Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder you’ll find this show to be one of Vegas’ most fun and inspirational.