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 Veterans Memorial Auditorium. For $25, you get one ticket for best-available seating on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $65.50 value, including all 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 Get Ready on their album and also helped polish production values and fend off mood-killingly weepy clowns. Other classics in the crooning 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 as a Masonic lodge, Veterans Memorial Auditorium boasts an imposing exterior that belies the graceful elegance of its interior. Inducted into the National Register of Historic Places, the theater features an ornate proscenium that arches above performers while showcasing intricate molding and a grand central emblem. The shields of Rhode Island's 39 original settlements rest in an illuminated dome above the audience, paying tribute to the state's past and forcing light-attracted balloons to learn a little history for once.