OREM — The boy band without the band.

Boyz II Men packed the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater to the rim with some 4,000 fans Thursday as it brought its R&B sound for a one-night stand, sans the band.

Accompanied by a recorded tape and video backdrop, the multi-media presentation kept the audience on its feet most of the night as the former Philly trio sang top hits from its collection as well as a set of Motown favorites.

Touted as the the most successful R&B group of all time based on record sales, the four time Grammy Award winning song stylists showed off their tight harmonies with their signature high energy.

The trio blended their voices with the taped band and background singers, which gave the concert a full sound. The audience didn't seem to mind that part of the concert was live and part of it wasn't. In fact, it was almost like being in a lengthy music video.

Among the songs it sang for the appreciative audience were hit singles "I'll Make Love to You," "4 Seasons of Lonliness"and "End of the Road."

Classic Motown songs from its Motown: Hitsville USA tribute album included "The Tracks of My Tears," "Just My Imagination" and "Mercy, Mercy Me," complete with classic Motown moves.

The six finalists in the SCERA's Celebrity singing contest opened for Boyz II Men with tiny 11-year old Kelly Jackson of Alpine taking the top prize after belting out the Whitney Houston song "I Will Always Love You."

Judges were writer-producer Steve Anderson, Jared Osmond, son of Verl Osmond, and comedian Jason Hewlett.


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