Bands on tour often end up influencing each other, whether by sharing musical styles or egging each other on to TP the audience. Pick up positive influences with this GrouponLive deal to see The Outlaw Roadshow, featuring the Counting Crows, at the BMO Harris Pavilion. For $23, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the bleachers, sections 7, 8, 11, or 12, on Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $55.30 value, including fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
With a career stretching back two decades, Grammy-nominated alt-rock royalty Counting Crows takes to the road in support of its new album of cover songs, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation). According to SoundSpike, guitarist Dan Vickrey "said that part of the joy of covering other bands' relatively unknown material is giving new audiences a connection to artists they might never otherwise experience," thus helping show-goers get to know other groups without forced playdates. Songs such as The Romany Rye's "Untitled (Love Song)" and Coby Brown's "Hospital" allow the Crows to pay tribute to musicians they respect, interweaving the program with classics from the band’s extensive back catalog, such as "Round Here" and "Mr. Jones." Counting Crows' outdoor melodies are preceded by a set from indie up-and-comers We Are Augustines, whose debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, made a splash in the music world last year. A cathartic record that deals with frontman Billy McCarthy's family history of schizophrenia, Rise Ye Sunken Ships mixes frenetic keyboard loops with introspective lyrics and anthemic choruses. Five-piece blues band Kasey Anderson and The Honkies fills the canopied, in-the-round stage of BMO Harris Pavilion with heavy scales brimming with raspy vocals and harmonica. The venue's artfully contoured seating layout clears sightlines and optimizes acoustics, allowing even the quieter, ethereal banjo plucking and conversational lyrics of folk-tinged group Field Report to come through clearly.