Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this Groupon: for $15, you get a dinner-and-concert package on Friday, January 25 (up to a $30.99 total value, including all fees). The package includes the following:
- One adult dinner buffet at Boiler Room Steak House (a $15.99 value). The buffet opens at 5 p.m.
- One adult ticket for best-available seating for the Edens Edge concert at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $15 value). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lead singer Hannah Blaylock; mandolin, banjo, and guitar player Cherrill Green; and guitar and dobro player Dean Berner are Edens Edge, a Nashville-based band with roots firmly planted in their home state of Arkansas. The trio—who ventured into the spotlight when they won a contest sponsored by CMT in 2006 and later toured with Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Reba McEntire—lassos the storytelling of pop country and the rustic twang of bluegrass. This sonic hybrid totes a sound that is simultaneously classic and novel, like a violinist who only knows how to play dubstep. During their live shows, Green and Berner masterfully play their instruments while seamlessly harmonizing with Blaylock’s clear soprano, which dips then soars over songs such as “Amen” and “Too Good to Be True.”
Edens Edge Performing Their Single “Amen” at Grand Ole Opry
Before the concert, ticket holders belly up to the sprawling buffet at Boiler Room Steak House, an eatery that houses a vintage train car. Here, they can dig into dishes the restaurant dubs “new Appalachian cuisine,” such as homestyle green beans, smoked beef brisket, and squash casserole, many of which are anchored by ingredients culled from local vendors.
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
The glass-lined facilities of Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts sit beneath the sprawling mountains of the same name, illustrating the blend of contemporary and traditional that come together inside the entertainment center. When entering the 1,500-seat building, visitors find themselves in a sunlit lobby with exposed brick walls, cozy armchairs, and plenty of windows that grant glimpses of the picturesque surroundings and eagles performing Shakespearean soliloquies outside. Further inside, the stage hosts countless family-friendly performances, from country-music concerts to dance troupes and musicals.
We had the dinner buffet on a Friday night and could not believe the selection of foodBigtybo, TripAdvisor, 1/5/13