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Boyz II Men and Bobby Brown bring hits to The Venue

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Boyz II Men and Bobby Brown perform live at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

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Boyz II Men and Bobby Brown brought an evening of classic R&B to The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., on March 28. The multi-platinum artists had no problem pushing out the hits to the appreciative crowd.

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Boyz II Men have been a vocal powerhouse for decades and their star shined brightly on Friday evening. Taking the stage a little before 9:30 p.m., they proceeded to sing and dance their way through an hour-long set. The trio hit the packed venue with pristine harmonies and textured vocal elements, proving that music does not require computer tricks to make a lasting impression.

Shawn Stockman thanked the fans by stating, "We're so grateful and thankful to still be here," then added, "All of you have loved us for the duration we've been here." They treated fans to mostly hit singles, including "End of the Road," "A Song for Mama" and "Water Runs Dry." Boyz also went back to their roots, showcasing their vocal talents with a medley of Motown classics with "Money (That's What I Want)," "It's the Same Old Song" and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)."

An onslaught of female fans rushed to the stage during the opening notes of "I'll Make Love to You." Boyz II Men followed their long-standing tradition by handing out dozens of long-stemmed roses as they performed the hit single. They closed out the show sans encore with the song that jump-started their career, "Motownphilly."

Though Bobby Brown was on the bill for Friday's show, the night belonged to headliner Boyz II Men. Brown did well to garner support from his fans, but his presence was merely nostalgic. His voice was hoarse and often broken as he worked through his catalog during a 40-minute set. Fortunately, a pair of backing vocalists made the performance palatable. Fans can see him again at The Venue when New Edition performs on July 27.

Boyz II Men are currently in the midst of a lengthy residence at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Fans can catch them most weekends throughout 2014.

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