Bands often run back onstage for an encore, especially if the crowd is chanting for them or if security hasn't been able to capture the live animal running loose backstage. Go wild with this GrouponLive deal to the Summerland Tour 2013 Alternative Guitars with Everclear, Live, Filter, & Sponge at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. For $14, you get one G-Pass for general admission to the lawn on Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $27 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Art Alexakis, the mouthpiece of Portland's Everclear, would be easy to pick out of a police lineup. Still rocking his bleached-blond locks and soul patch, he looks like he hasn't aged a day since MTV stopped playing videos. A human hook factory, Art littered the late '90s and early 2000s with sunny, guitar-seared hits such as "Santa Monica," "Everything to Everyone," and "I Will Buy You a New Life"—custom-made for road trips and beachside parties. Recharged with an all-new rhythm section, Everclear excitedly loads its set with pre-Y2K chestnuts and tracks from its recent album Invisible Stars, chugging out more riffs and lyrics built to last.
The breakout success of Live’s second album, Throwing Copper, was a long time coming for the group. The four members first played together at a middle school talent show, and would continue to collaborate on new wave covers throughout high school. Perhaps it was this familiarity that inspired the creation of such hits as “Lightning Crashes” and “I Alone,” which catapulted their album to the top of the Billboard charts. The group has released a steady stream of hit singles ever since, including the ascendant strains of “Heaven” and the walking-speed wistfulness of “The Dolphin’s Cry.” Though lead singer Ed Kowalczyk has since exited the group, Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory, has time traveled back to their middle school days to forge his own bond with the remaining members.
Live – “Lightning Crashes” (Live in 2000)
The industrial-rock force of Filter pipes more than 17 years of raw, cathartic hits into the ears of fans, hammering crowds with its signature blend of mechanical mayhem and guitar-driven calamity. From the band's debut album, Short Bus, which bore the mid-'90s smash “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” through its latest collection of screamable valentines, The Trouble With Angels, lead singer and guitarist Richard Patrick’s urgent voice conveys a football coach’s heartbreak and a guidance counselor’s angst.
Filter – “Take A Picture”
Sponge’s 1994 debut album, Rotting Piñata, showcased the gritty, absorbent rock that would win them widespread radio play and gold-certified status. The shifting harmonies of the deceptively bright “Molly” and lead singer Vinnie Dombroski’s soaring growl in “Plowed” slingshot the inaugural album to a 40-week stay on the Billboard 200. Though only Dombroski remains from the group’s initial lineup, the five-piece ensemble continues on in support of their forthcoming album, Stop the Bleeding.
Sponge – “Plowed”
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