The Motown sound embraced performers from soul, pop, and R&B backgrounds, though it cruelly rejected mountains, valleys, and rivers for their insufficient height, depth, and width. Revisit a beloved musical landscape with this GrouponLive deal to see Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: "The Motown Show." at Warner Theatre. For $25, you get one ticket for orchestra, mid-balcony, or upper-balcony seating on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. (up to a $76.75 value, including ticketing fees).
Twenty-two years ago in Sydney, Australia, then-high-school students Andrew Tierney, Mike Tierney, Phil Burton, and Toby Allen were drawn together by an anachronistic passion for Motown and doo-wop. Nine albums and a 2.5-year residency in Las Vegas later, the fresh-faced foursome are touring the land that spawned the music they love with a tour presented by Smokey Robinson, who joined in on the recording of "Get Ready" on their new album, The Motown Record, and also helped polish production values and fend off mood-killingly weepy clowns. Other classics in the quartet's repertoire include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Dancing in the Street," and an a capella take on "Just My Imagination."
Originally designed to house the vaudeville performances and silent films of the 1920s, Warner Theatre's gorgeous interior reflects its movie-palace origins. The auditorium's vibrant, red felt seating glows beneath a slender chandelier, softly illuminating an epic room accented with intricate gold carvings that loop and twist as beautifully as King Midas's cursive homework.