Holding up lighters at concerts dates back to medieval times, when villagers gathered with torches to frighten the loudest person in town. Face the music with this GrouponLive deal to see The Dan Band at the House of Blues Houston. For $14, you get one ticket for general admission on Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. (up to a $27.58 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Dan Band
In the opening moments of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," a piano mournfully accompanies heartbroken lyrics such as "every now and then I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears." It is an emotional resonance completely at odds with the image of Dan Finnerty––the smirking, wide-eyed frontman of The Dan Band, an all-male rock group that enthusiastically rips into covers of songs traditionally sung by women.
Finnerty vaulted into national prominence with the 2003 film Old School, when he inappropriately serenaded Will Ferrell's character, Frank the Tank, and his bride at their wedding with an expletive-laden version of the aforementioned tune. Since then, Dan has packed clubs across the country with fans clamoring for his unabashed version of Salt-n-Pepa's sensual "Shoop," Christina Aguilera's teenybopping "Genie in a Bottle," and Alanis Morissette's unhinged angst in "You Oughta Know." The Dan Band’s silly showmanship and penchant for ticklish vulgarity has also led to appearances in The Hangover, where they flipped 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop,” and a one-hour concert special entitled The Dan Band: I Am Woman, which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg after he was charmed by their uncensored version of the theme to Jaws.
The Dan Band’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Warning: Coarse language and hand gestures lacking in prudence.
House of Blues Houston
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.