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2013-01-03T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
January 03, 2013 12:00 am

Boys II Men harmonizes in Hammond

The Grammy-winning group Boys II Men performed a mix of their hits and engaging covers for a full house Dec. 27 at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino.

The trio, formerly a quartet, now stars Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris. The group celebrated its 20th anniversary in the music business in 2011. In concert, Boys II Men, easily proves they are still a musical entity that won't fall to the wayside anytime soon.

Their rich vocals and talents with a cappella arrangements are still intact, however, fans who had seats in the balcony of the theater occasionally had to deal with distortions in the sound system and at that height, many of the songs were muffled.

On Boys II Men's playlist that night were mega hits such as "End of the Road," "A Song for Mama," "I'll Make Love To You," "On Bended Knee," and "Water Runs Dry."

They also delivered a rousing medley of old school favorites from other Motown era bands, including The Jackson Five's "ABC," The Temptations' "My Girl," and The Four Tops' "Reach Out" ("I'll Be There)."

The singers performed a strong version of Journey's "Open Arms' and ended their 90-minute show with their dance-heavy hit "Motownphilly."

Opening for the group was the band Mint Condition. - Eloise Marie Valadez

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