Catchy rock songs often have a blazing guitar riff, a sing-along chorus, and subliminal messages about getting out of your small town. Get hooked with this GrouponLive deal to see The Silent Comedy at the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass. For $10, you get one ticket for general admission on Friday, August 10, at 8 p.m. (up to a $20.25 value online, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Though The History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries already had plenty of drawing power in Bill Paxton and Kevin Costner, credit is also due to the gripping trailer steered by the Southern gothic gospel song “Bartholomew,” as performed by The Silent Comedy. As an ominous drum line gathers steam, a reverb-drenched voice howls, “Oh my God, please help me, knee deep in the river tryin’ to get clean,” not only setting the scene for a filmic Kentucky showdown but creating a vividly cinematic scene unto itself.
The story of The Silent Comedy reads like a good road movie— rambling but full of incident. Before settling in San Diego, brothers Jeremiah and Joshua Zimmerman honed their musical chops while following their preacher father around the world. Lacking any worldly possessions, the Zimmerman boys traipsed across Russia, Asia, and Europe, hungering to play any instrument they could get their hands on, from pianos at shopping malls in Spain to folk instruments in the Himalayas. Ten years after their sojourn, the brothers merged their life history and wealth of musical influences and formed the spitfire quartet The Silent Comedy.
Sporting the mustaches of Old West saloonkeepers and dressed for Prohibition’s repeal, The Silent Comedy arrive on stage well prepared to either transfix a crowd or survive being accidentally locked in a time machine. Likewise, their hybrid of salt-of-the-earth beauty and rock brawn conjures a sense of rich nostalgia for an era of Americana that never quite happened. Live, the band mixes guitars, fiddles, banjos, washboards, and crystalline harmonies into an amped-up take on a gospel revival. The rootsy music befits the Rogue Theatre's origin as a Great Depression getaway, with art-deco architecture and a lush, renovated interior that shields audiences from dustbowls and wrathful grapes.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.