Venue: Sands Showroom
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: 7pm
Starting at $73.45
The members of Human Nature are the first to admit that it's a little strange to hear four white Australian guys singing Motown, but once they take the stage and start performing at The Venetian, you'll think these guys were born to sing the legendary songs made famous by artists like The Temptations and The Four Tops.
"Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature: The Motown Show" features the vocal harmonies of Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney.
In 2005 Human Nature recorded a tribute album to Motown called "Reach Out" and it caught Robinson's attention. He invited the group to visit him at a recording session and they impressed him so much that he recorded some remakes for their album "Get Ready." Robinson now introduces them via video screen five nights a week.
The quartet, backed by a six-piece band, starts out with high-energy songs like "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" by The Four Tops and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations and the pace never slows from there.
Human Nature tries to channel the feeling and style of the Motown era in every way, even dressing impeccably in a variety of matching suits and tuxes throughout the show.
All good Motown groups had synchronized dance moves to go along with their songs and Human Nature is no exception. "Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes presents the perfect opportunity to teach some simple steps to the audience and everyone gets up out of their seats to participate. Audience participation doesn't end there. Later in the show, the group chooses a woman in the audience to go on stage and sing along with Human Nature's on The Tempations' "My Girl."
The members of Human Nature interact well together on stage and their voices blend flawlessly. It's evident that they've been together for a long time and have perfected their craft.
The group formed in 1989 as a doo-wop band in Sydney. In 1994 they signed with Sony Music and released their debut album "Telling Everybody" in 1995. The album was an instant hit, selling four times platinum and in the process becoming the most successful debut album ever released in Australia.
The group has performed as the opening act for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson and in 2000 they had the honor of performing the Australian National Anthem at the Sydney Olympics. The group previously performed in Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace and now they have moved to The Venetian.
While every song Human Nature performs has the audience singing and clapping along, it's the group's a cappella songs that bring the house down. Their rendition of "People Get Ready" by The Impressions is stunning and the a cappella version of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby" is what originally caught Robinson's attention.
By the end of the show, the entire audience is on its feet and the performers are dancing in the aisles.
This show isn't about fancy sets or special effects, it's about the raw singing talent of Human Nature and the uplifting music of an era that will leave you nostalgic for the days of Motown.