Live performances are based on a tacit agreement: the musicians entertain, the audience applauds, and the drummer's dad drives everyone home at the end. Play your part with this Groupon.
- $15 for a concert package for two to see Smile Empty Soul with Sid Wilson of Slipknot (up to $41.96 total value)
- When: Friday, August 8, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Diesel Concert Lounge
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Two general-admission tickets (up to $33.96 value)
- Two well drinks or domestic beers ($8 value)
Smile Empty Soul with Sid Wilson of Slipknot
Smile Empty Soul performs "False Alarm"
- Why you might not recognize Sid Wilson (even if you've heard him): He's otherwise known as masked man #0, the turntablist and youngest member of Slipknot.
- Other alias: DJ Starscream, a Transformers-inspired persona who's big in Japan
- Where the original members of Smile Empty Soul first banded together: in the halls of Santa Clarita, California's high schools, which are known for their all-hard-rock curriculum
- How Allmusic.com describes their sound: "melodic but hard-hitting"
- How Blue Felix got its big break: Sid Wilson heard them play in a Des Moines bar and started helping them out, eventually co-producing their album.
- Their aesthetic: creepy face paint, dramatic hairstyles, and extensive tattoos
- Why Bridge to Grace might be hard to find in their hometown of Atlanta: They're often on tour with bands that have included Adelita’s Way, Three Days Grace, and Halestorm.
Diesel Concert Lounge
"It's like a little city in there," says co-owner Mike Mitchell of the 47,000 square feet of entertainment surrounding Diesel Concert Lounge. As part of the Premier Lanes complex—also home to an Italian restaurant and the Premier Lanes Bowling Alley— Diesel Concert Lounge is a complete about-face from the space's previous incarnation: a country music club called Diamonds & Spurs. With Mitchell and Premier Lanes' owner Joe Sgroi behind the scenes, the floor where cows once learned how to square-dance is now a haven for head-banging hard rock and head-bobbing hip-hop.
As one of the only places in Michigan to sport multiple stages within one venue, Diesel keeps its calendar packed with a variety of touring stars and local heroes. Most of those heroes, including Kid Rock, Megadeth, and Uncle Kracker, are enshrined on the walls in hand-printed concert posters.