Jammin in Hammond with the Boys: Boys II Men

The legendary musical group Boyz II Men will be hitting the stage at the Columbia Theatre in Hammond on September 24 for the Fanfare Silver Celebration and the group’s 20th anniversary.

According to boyziimen.com, Boys II Men was originally a quintet until group member, Marc Nelson, quit the group to record its first single. Boyz II Men got its big break when they met Michael Bivins of the hit R&B act Bell Biv Devoe. Impressed by the young performers, Bivins soon started working with Boyz II Men. Their members included Michael McCray, Wayne Morris, Nathan Morris, and Shawn Stockman.

“Having Boyz II Men in Hammond is like a dream come true,” said 22 year-old Jana Foggman… “I remember singing with my sister when she’d pop in a cassette or CD when we went places and dancing in the car. To see them live and in person is like something magical.”

Boyz II Men recorded its first album in the early 90s with Motown records. Their Top 10 hits were nearly inescapable between 1992 and 1997. This group has come a long way from starting off in the men’s bathroom at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts to selling over 60 million records worldwide as stated by www.boysiimen.com.

Brooke Barone remembers singing with her tape recorder, mesmerized at the cover of Boyz II Men’s cassette tape.

“I was in third grade, but I was in love with the lead singer,” said Barone. “I am so excited to see them in concert because I have not seen them in probably over 12 years.”

Fans are overwhelmed to have the opportunity to see Boyz II Men in concert performing songs off their new album “”, as well as some of their great hits, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “End of the Road,” and “Motownphilly,” just to name a few.

Kentrell Heisser

“It’s been long overdue,” states Kentrell Heisser, who plans on going to the concert. “I’ve been a fan since they first time I heard “Motownphilly,” their first single.

“I think that it will be a wonderful experience to have such a legendary group, such as Boys II Men come and perform,” said Jerica Graves, a long-time fan. “It’s not every day someone famous gets to visit a small town like Hammond.”

Yolanda Turner, another fan, said she is flabbergasted and enthusiastic about Boys II Men coming in town.

“I want to be in the front row,” said Turner.

Tickets for this event can be purchased online at http://www.columbiatheatre.org/ticketMain.php or in person at Columbia Theatre Box Office 220 E. Thomas Street, Hammond, LA, or by calling (985) 543-4371.

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