Human Nature plays the Schermerhorn

Human Nature perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 11.

Las Vegas sensations Human Nature make their Music City debut as part of their Jukebox tour this month. Starting with the classics of the doo-wop era, these phenomenal singers, a seven-piece band and world-class dancers pay tribute to the legends of pop, Motown and soul, along with today’s breakout hits – everything from “Under the Boardwalk” to “Uptown Funk.” Human Nature have earned their place as one of the world’s finest pop vocal groups of the modern era. They’ve become known around the globe for their distinctive harmonies and stellar live shows, riding waves to the top of the charts, and have won fans all over the planet. The foursome – Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney – recently celebrated their 27th anniversary.

“In 2016 we celebrated our 27th year together,” explains Andrew. “I think that’s a milestone that very few people can scoff at. That’s amazing to think the four of us have been doing this and loving this for that long, and we still want to get together and come up with ideas on how we can keep going, rather than show each other the door (laughs).”

In 2009 Human Nature took Las Vegas by storm with an unprecedented residency – a coup for an Australian act. Word spread quickly regarding the boys’ prowess and their “Motown Show” clocked up over 1300 performances during a six year period, earning plaudits from not only fans but from the great Motown icon and presenter of their debut Las Vegas residency show, Smokey Robinson. Human Nature “The Motown Show” was lauded by Trip Advisor as the #1 show not to be missed in Las Vegas during its incredible six year run there. On March 23, 2017 Human Nature reached the impressive milestsone of performing their 1500th show on the famed entertainment strip.

“The members of Human Nature are extraordinary vocalists who truly know how to entertain,” Smokey Robinson has said of the group. “Not only are they doing it vocally, but visually….if you haven’t seen them perform you need to, it’s a real treat.”

In 2016, Human Nature re-signed to the prestigious Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino for a three-year residency at the famed Sands Showroom for a new show they’ve called “Jukebox”. The Jukebox concept takes its name from the Australian double platinum selling album of the same name which was released in North America in 2016, a collection of ‘50s and ‘60s pop standards (together with an original song) produced by Dave Pierce & Executive Produced by Bob Rock. The album’s sequel, Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol. II features interpretations by the boys of songs made famous from the late 50’s to mid 1960’s ‘golden age’ originally either penned or performed by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers, Fontella Bass and more.

The Jukebox show is a playlist of not only the group’s influences, but the greatest vocal hits of all time. Jukebox sees the guys perform such classics as ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Unchained Melody’. Expect to hear the Beatles’ hit, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, along with the Motown hits Human Nature famously reinterpreted during their acclaimed Las Vegas Motown Show. A night at the Jukebox is liable to include anything from ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Dancing In The Street’, to the soul of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’ or Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Dance To The Music’. It’s a journey that carries through to ‘All About That Bass’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’.

Human Nature’s biography is in their set list for their current Jukebox show. “Some Americans that come to see our show have never heard of Human Nature before,” explains Mike. “We have to tell our story of how we got together when we were kids in high school, and what motivated us to stay together and why we’re who we are. We tell that through the music and use the ‘jukebox’ as our way to move through the music that’s inspired us.”

Standout moments in Human Nature’s career to date include performing to a global audience at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, opening for Michael Jackson and Celine Dion at concerts around the world and appearing on television in the USA on shows as varied as The Talk, Oprah, and Dancing With The Stars as well as their own PBS special: Human Nature Sings Motown.