Last week I worked at The Human Nature show. Human Nature is a well-known pop band in Australia and they have come to the states to preform various genres of music including Motown, which is like soulful barbershop quartet meets boy band. They definitely made a name for themselves by opening for acts like Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. They had their own show and Vegas, recently preformed on Dancing With The Stars, and are currently in the process of their first headlining US tour.Personally though, I had never heard of them and wasn’t sure what to expect.
I walked into the venue just as the energetic quartet was finishing up sound check. They had a very crisp and high pitched overall sound to them. The first thing I thought of was Michael Buble, they sounded very much like him, ironically a few minuets after sound check Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” started playing over the speakers.
My first job was to clean the bathrooms, which was pretty easy because they hadn’t gotten much use over the past few days. Part of cleaning the bathrooms required me to go upstairs to the VIP skybox areas and clean the women’s bathroom up there. It was the first time I had been up there and it was really cool. The skyboxes are VIP rooms on the second floor of the venue that have panoramic views of the stage. The skybox VIP’s have the luxury of having their own bar, waiters, and bathrooms. To get access to the lounge a company or wealthy person has to rent out one of the skyboxes for the entire season.
After cleaning the skybox bathroom, I went back downstairs and waited for doors to open. My job was to scan everyone’s’ tickets after they received their wristband. The crowd was older than I had expected most of the fans seemed to be in their late 50’s and 60’s. It was refreshing how wonderfully pleasant and nice everyone was. Every fan greeted me with a smile and most of them had something nice or funny to say. For some reason every time one of my coworkers put a pink wristband on an old man’s wrist they would laugh and say, “So does this mean we’re dating now?” There was definitely a generation gap between the audience and me but that didn’t stop me from having a good time with them. My favorite interaction was when an older man walked into the venue and said “what is this, some sort of hospital?!” I like when old people don’t take themselves too seriously, because no one should take themselves too seriously!
The show was seated, thankfully there were ushers because it was my first seated show and I was not familiar with the seating arrangements yet! Once everyone found their seats the show started. The artists were very interactive with the crowd and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I was surprised at how many people were out of their seats dancing, I really appreciated it because most of them were just letting loose and dancing like no one was watching; it was actually a liberating experience! Near the end of the set they brought a woman from the audience on stage to help them sing a cover of “My Girl.” The woman seemed a little shocked at first but then she belted out the lyrics beautifully, it was very humbling! The set lasted 90 minutes then there was a meet and greet open to everyone.
I was on door duty as everyone was leaving, which basically means I got to wish everyone a goodnight a made sure no one fell down the stairs. As one man was leaving he told me that I have a beautiful smile and that I should never be sad, that stuck with me for the rest of the night. After everyone cleared out, all of the staff got busy putting away tables and chairs. It took about 45 minuets to clean everything up, after that I was good to go.
Overall it was an eye opening and entertaining night and a job well done. Even though this was only my second show, I can tell I’m in for a very interesting and enlightening summer full of music, sand, ocean, and laughs!