Whenever you think of Australia, there’s always a few things you can count on—good beer with good mates, giant shrimp on the barbecue, kangaroos, and bands that keep the spirit of Motown alive.
Wait, what? Motown?
If that caught your attention, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa would like to introduce you to Human Nature, an Aussie group dedicated to that classic 1960s Motown sound. Human Nature will be performing at Borgata August 8, 9 & 10 and again August 15 & 16 at The Music Box in special performances presented by Smokey Robinson.
Yes, the Smokey Robinson. That’s how Motown these guys are.
Of course, hardcore Motown fans have known about Human Nature for more than 22 years. Formed by four friends from Sydney—brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen—who had a love for gospel, soul and harmony, they’ve topped the charts in Australia with classics such as “I’ll Be There” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving.”
Human Nature has released 10 albums including Reach out, which went five times platinum in 2005. That album led to their hook-up with Robinson who brought them to Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace, where they’ve been performing regularly for more than three years.
The group’s latest album, The Motown Record, features 11 soul classics plus a bonus track, including “Get Ready”, the band’s collaboration with Robinson, distinctive doo-wop versions of “Ooh Baby Baby” and “Just My Imagination”, as well as the Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Loving”, the Temptations’ “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight”, Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street” and the Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love”.
“There is such beauty in the original material,” says Phil Burton. “We didn’t want to make a carbon copy of the songs, but we didn’t want to change them into something they weren’t, either.”
And if anything, in the last few years Human Nature has proved their Motown pedigree in the country where Motown originated (making one of their earliest American appearances in Atlantic City, by the way).
“It was a huge gamble,” says Andrew Tierney. “Why should people listen to four white Australians sing these songs when they’re ubiquitous on radio and TV? It just shows that this music is written for everybody, and that it has reached to every corner of the globe, including Australia. And it’s still influencing people, just as it touched us.”
Of course, in the summer everybody comes to Borgata and Human Nature brings their powerful show to the Music Box in August. They’ll be dancing in the streets.
Check out Borgata’s concert schedule and order tickets here.