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 Saw Doctors at Deluxe at Old National Centre. For $15, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (up to a $33.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 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.
Imagine Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band shrouded in shamrocks or a pack of blarney-stone-kissing Ramones and it comes close to defining The Saw Doctors. Since 1986, the Irish rock quintet has riveted crowds with its Celtic clash of breathtaking melodies and ceaseless live energy, earning the band a rabid following and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards in 2008. Then, in 2010, its To Win Just Once best-of album went platinum in its native Ireland. The record compiled hits from a career that hurled the band's founding duo, Leo Moran and Davy Carton, from Galway, across the globe, and atop the charts for 19 Top 30 singles. Among them is the playful ballad to lost love, “I Useta Lover,” which in 1990 secured the top spot in Ireland for a record nine weeks, squashing competition from countrywoman Sinead O’Connor, music icon Madonna, and ninja rapper Vanilla Ice.
Perhaps The Saw Doctors' greatest legacy, though, is not their studio work, but their live shows. Davy and Leo’s manic energy and sing-along lyrics have drawn exuberant crowds of those hailing from Eire’s shores and those who have adopted its people’s carefree attitude toward eating blood sausage for breakfast. In “N17,” a hall’s worth of voices join in for an emigrant’s wistful yet buoyant longing for “stone walls and the grasses green.”
The Saw Doctors – "N17" (Live 2012)
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.