A guitar is not only an essential implement of rock ‘n’ roll, but also a diverse stage prop that can be tossed in the air, set on fire, or used to smash watermelons. Marvel at guitar theatrics with this GrouponLive deal to see Steve Vai at the Moore Theatre on Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following reserved seating options:
- For $14, you get one ticket for rear-balcony seating (up to a $27 value).
- For $19, you get one ticket for main-floor or front-balcony seating (up to a $37 value).
Wearing his trademark rectangular sunglasses with colored lenses, Steve Vai stands at center stage, six-stringed Ibanez in hand. He fingerpicks his ax, then taps a pedal that transforms its natural sound into a spacey wail akin to a theremin. Light bends during the solo. His emotional intensity waxes and wanes. In concert, Vai appeases serious fans with more than 20 gems from his eight-album catalog, whether it be the synth-heavy “Whispering a Prayer” or “Velorum,” a metal ballad packed with hypnotic harmonies from his latest release, The Story of Light. In addition to his standard set, he often puts an audience member on the spot, asking them to write an original tune and recite the alphabet backwards during a segment called Build Me a Song. Songstress Beverly McClellan, best known for her throaty rendition of Janis Joplin's “Piece of My Heart” on NBC's The Voice, preps audiences for the guitar acrobatics with an opening set. She reappears later in the night to sing lead on Vai’s funk-tinged stomper “John the Revelator.”
If the walls of the Moore Theatre could talk, they would probably brag, and with plenty of good reason. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Moore Theatre has thrived as Seattle's oldest-running entertainment venue since 1907. Behind its quant exterior, flanked in Italian and Byzantine terracotta details, lies a playhouse of grandiose opulence and architectural marvel. Inside, a grand lobby of marble, onyx, and mosaic floors leads to an auditorium where ceiling frescos of cream and gold lord over 1,400 seats.
In its burgeoning years, the venue played host to performances by Ethel Barrymore, the Marx Brothers, and Harry Houdini, becoming a beacon for vaudeville's best and a vacation home for audiences during the Great Depression. Lately, the venue has played host to a broad variety of community-based lectures, beauty pageants, and dance troupes. Its glimmering interiors have also added eye candy to many live videos from rock bands such as Wilco, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, and comedians such as Wanda Sykes and Patton Oswalt.