If you recognize the men in these photos, you may be asking yourself, "Yes, but which decade?" That's right, ladies and gentlemen — Boyz II Men, the harmonizing quartet from Philly that broke onto the scene with "CooleyHighHarmony" in 1991, was the headliner on the State Fair of Texas stage this weekend.
Since I grew up on classics like "End of the Road" and "Water Runs Dry," I called dibs on the state fair pass for today's concert as soon as I glimpsed this year's entertainment line-up. For two girlfriends (who share my passion for Slim and the gang) and I, it was worth every second of the relentless Texas sun.
Though the group is only three-fourths strong now (bass singer Michael McCary had to bow out in 2003 with back problems due to scoliosis), it was a solid performance. Boyz II Men doesn't sell albums and draw crowds like they used to, but the people in the audience wholeheartedly sung along with every word of their hits, and seemed to enjoy the group's newer music, too. Their next project, coming out Nov. 13, is called "Motown: A Journey through Hitsville, USA," a compilation of old Motown favorites rerecorded by Boyz II Men.
I could go on, but I'm guessing that a vast majority of our blog audience could care less about an R&B group whose golden years were the early- to mid-'90s. If you're jonesing for more details (and want to see a couple video clips), read my friend Joanna's blog post about the best concert ever.