Romance was hitting The Hudson Gardens And Event Center Sunday night when the stage belonged to the fantastic musical artists of Boyz II Men. For all those men that bought tickets for a date night, this would be one of the better events you could have attended. Boyz II Men is an R&B group that is best known for their love ballads and easy listening harmonies.
The billboard charts were accustomed to seeing the name Boyz II Men on their charts time after time. With such hits as “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), “I’ll Make Love To You”, “End Of The Road”, and the one that had the ladies packing the front row and having security holding up the barrier “On Bended Knee”.
Formed in Philadelphia, Boyz II Men found success while in high school. Wayna Morris was in the high school choir. Shawn Stockman performed a solo in the school’s choir and this started his rise to fame. The group performed at the schools Valentine’s Day dance and from that moment on, the group new that they had found the mix. Boyz II Men has been featured on the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy’s movie Boomerang. And the line is growing as producers, events, and concert goers are wanting more from Boyz II Men. They will finish the year at Las Vegas and have added Australia and New Zealand to their world tour.
For those in attendance at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center the night could not have been better. Three of the hottest male singers on stage – (as stated by Amy Carter), the vocal ranges they can hit, the moves they perform and the crowd response was overwhelming. You did not have to have a date to enjoy the night. People came in groups to have fun and join in the festivities. Priscilla Espinoza came with her daughter Michelle, but made new friends in the crowd as she danced with other ladies there. As the atombash.com was walking and interviewing the crowd, the energy you could feel was more powerful than a crowd waiting for the lighting of Christmas lights at any city festival. Anywhere you looked, the crowd was singing, dancing, and there was not a lot of people getting up and walking around. Everyone was held captive by three of the greatest performers. Midway through the show, Boyz II Men went into competition with the beautiful roses at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center as they threw into the crowd three dozen red roses and once again, security had to help hold up the barrier as the ladies fought to grab that single red rose and keep it as the highlight of their evening. As stated by Frank Robinson, “Boyz II Men are so powerful that wherever they perform young and old come out to see them. No one leaves to get a drink or go to the bathroom. They are genuinely some of the best in the industry.” Shanequae Wilson said “I was in high school when their first album came out. I got it as a gift and said thank you for the gift. I don’t know who they are but I will listen to it.” That night her mom, younger sister and her sat around and played the album about five times through its entirety and “we were hooked.” She bought tickets for her mom and younger sister to attend. Her mother lives in New Orleans and they bought her a concert ticket and a plane ticket, put it in a card and sent it to her. She was too excited to speak with us, but her smile said it all. We will wrap up this story with The Hudson Gardens and Event Center employee Callie Brown as she said this is the music she loves and has grown up with Boyz II Men. When asked what her favorite song is by Boyz II Men, she paused for a while and finally said “Motownphilly” which is from their first album Cooleyhighharmony.
As the concert season winds down at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center, the last show is Chris Isaak. This Sunday’s show is another sell out and then the music will come to an end but only for a while. However, there are still events that will be going on all year so be sure to check them out and we will see you Sunday.