Going to a concert is an opportunity to be around a lot of people and maybe finally collect all those signatures you need to start selling fresh meat in your front yard. Be a part of something big with this GrouponLive deal to see James “Blood” Ulmer’s Memphis Blood featuring Vernon Reid and Meshell Ndegeocello at Music Hall. For $49, you get two tickets for main-floor seating in sections 1–4 on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m. (up to a $119 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Blues and jazz legend James “Blood” Ulmer doesn’t just play guitar. He both caresses and beats its down, articulating notes any way he can with his antimethodical bends and sporadic strums. When critics gush over his technique, they often mention avant-jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who tutored Ulmer in 1971 and imprinted him with the experimental harmolodic theory that has steered his career. Ulmer’s distinctive and gritty guitar tone, which the New York Times once defined as a “a gasping, metallic cry [that] expresses everything from out-in-the-woods loneliness to nail-chewing, urban anxiety,” inspires ax envy amongst his contemporaries. Together with Memphis Blood, his tenacious backup band featuring drums, violin, harmonica, and fellow guitar legend Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Ulmer satiates fans of blues, bebop, and freeform in a performance of unhinged virtuosity and master showmanship.
Meshell Ndegeocello’s musical bag of tricks is as fathomless as Mary Poppins’ satchel. Able to fuse funk, jazz, soul, hop-hop, reggae, and rock, the ambidextrous singer and stellar bassist has blazed a long and unpredictable career, scoring a top-10 hit with the John Mellencamp collaboration “Wild Night” and accumulating 10 Grammy nominations. On this tour, the neo-soul songstress raises her deep, husky cords in tribute to the “high priestess of soul” Nina Simone with songs from her latest album Pour Une Âme Souveraine, which Slant Magazine says “both honors Simone’s legacy while allowing Ndegeocello to build on her own.”