For those of you that want to experience something different than a Las Vegas show, you might consider trekking up to Northern Nevada and watch something way different: the Mormon cricket show.
Growing up to 2 inches long as adults, the Mormon crickets swarm in groups thousands strong, devouring lawns, gardens, livestock forage and crops.
The infestation of the Mormon crickets, made infamous by nearly destroying the crops of Utah’s Mormon settlers in 1848, began spreading to Nevada about eight years ago and peeked in 2005, when roughly 12 million acres of the state were taken over by the bugs. Now, the scope of the infestation is down to about 1 million acres.
The biggest Nevada concentration of the crickets is reportedly north of Elk, Independence Valley, up toward Owyhee, Mountain City, and Jarbidge.
Last year, efforts to control the pests cost about $280,000, the year the costs are predicted to be the same or a little less.
Human Nature, below, the Australian all male vocal group that formed as a doo-wop band called 4Trax in 1989, while the four boys were still in high school in Sydney, has now turned into a top chart-smashing Motown group that is wowing sold-out crowds at the Imperial Palace with feel-good music. Long in talent, they also have the distinction of having the longest show name in Las Vegas: “Smokey Robinson Presents Australia’s Human Nature – the Ultimate Celebration of Motown.”
The band already has 17 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits in Australia since 1996, when their first album Telling Everybody was released. Their three follow-up albums all went multi-platinum in Australia.
The King of Motown, Smokey Robinson, right, their producer along with Adam Steck, is also in talks to perform solo at Imperial Palace on Friday’s, Human Nature’s day off.
“Very seldom do I get really excited about something musically,” said Robinson when he recently introduced the singers. “But these guys blew me away. They are singers’ singers. In their area of the world they are the Beatles. They haven’t been exposed in the United States yet, but they’re getting ready to take us by storm.”