Concert-goers sometimes leave with a memento handed down from the stage, such as a drumstick, a set list, or a plastic baggy full of famous-person sweat. Go home happy with this GrouponLive deal to see the Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer of Earth tour, starring the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. For $26, you get one ticket for general admission to the lawn on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. (a $44 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Each ticket holder will also receive a voucher for a download of the Barenaked Ladies’ forthcoming album, to be released this summer. Customers will receive an email in June to redeem their download when the album is released.<p> Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call. <p>
Canadian pop-rock troupers the Barenaked Ladies light up cranial lobes with their brainy pop, maintaining their reputation as an engaging live act with tight yet playful musicianship and a gregarious repartee with their adoring audiences. Their hook-laced lyrical patter and bookworm wit steered ’90s hits such as “One Week,” “The Old Apartment,” and “If I Had $1,000,000” into perpetual ubiquity and later into a greatest-hits collection, Hits from Yesterday & the Day Before, released in 2011. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Barenaked Ladies return to the stage once more, thumbing their noses at the Mayans with their second Last Summer on Earth tour. This time, they’re supporting their newest compilation album of rarities, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before. Also, singer and guitarist Ed Robertson’s voice recently reached a new level of orbit as he recorded a collaboration with astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, who played guitar and sang from aboard the International Space Station.<p>
BNL’s Ed Robertson Performing “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” with Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station
####Ben Folds Five
It’s no secret Ben Folds Five is [actually a trio](http://www.benfolds.com/biography), but the band had no members for nearly a decade, having split amicably in 2000. Solo outings were well received, but it wasn’t the same as the magical combination of fuzz bass, jazzed-out drum fills, and rollicking piano, offset by a voice that fluctuated between bashful and angst ridden. The Five teamed up for what was meant to be a one-night-only concert in 2008. That one night led to a full-fledged reunion in 2012 and the release of their fourth full-length album, [The Sound of the Life of the Mind](http://www.benfolds.com/music/sound-of-life-of-mind). Live, fans can expect to hear the freewheeling newer cut “Michael Praytor, Five Years Later,” as well as exuberant classics like “Army,” and, of course, introspective numbers such as “Brick” off of the now-classic [Whatever and Ever Amen](http://www.benfolds.com/music/whatever-and-ever-amen). An added benefit to reuniting your beloved '90s pop trio? You get to work with [Fraggles](http://youtu.be/mEyrfFwf3rI).
**Ben Folds Five – "Song for the Dumped" (Live 2012)**
Warning: contains several well-earned instances of profanity and some red pants
####Guster Formed by a trio of Tufts University freshmen in 1991, [Guster's](http://www.guster.com/) sound was simple: acoustic guitars, hand percussion, and insightful lyrics delivered through crystal-clear harmonies. That’s not to say their sound hasn’t evolved over the years. "Satellite" from 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun, for example, leads off with a rambling synth line that wraps the entire song in a tumbleweed, making for a distinctly Western vibe. But Guster’s roots run deep, despite being unplugged. The release of a live acoustic album in January 2013, recorded with the Guster String Players, more than proves their electricity-free bona fides.
**Guster with the Guster String Players – "Rocketship" (Live 2011)**
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28206