Boyz II Men

The nineties are arguably the most underrated decade in music history. Admittedly, they are to blame for the birth of manufactured boy bands and pop princesses. But they need to be praised for bringing R&B to the forefront of mainstream music. The pioneers of that movement? Boyz II Men. A contemporary and edgier version of Motown favorites like The Four Tops and The Temptations, the suave quartet racked up a slew of hits during their heyday, including “End of the Road, “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “On Bended Knee.” Sadly, in 2003, bass singer Michael McCary retired due to severe scoliosis. (Reports however, have surfaced that he will return to record the Boyz II Men 20th anniversary album scheduled for release this year). But whether they perform as a quartet or a trio, Boyz II Men remains an act worth witnessing live, not only for their astounding a cappella renditions, but for their seemingly effortless polish that sadly evades many of today's popular performers. With Brian McKnight, Rocky Sandoval, Choklate, Caitlin Cardier. ERIKA HOBART

Sat., Oct. 1, 7 p.m., 2011

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