A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why Method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal to see Elvis: Spirit Of The King, starring Steve Connolly, at Mechanics Hall. For $22, you get one ticket for general-admission seating on Friday, January 11, at 8 p.m. (a $45 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Swiveling his hips in more than 4,000 live performances on the Las Vegas strip and earning the title of Best Elvis Impersonator from the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2006 and 2007, Steve Connolly honors the king of rock 'n' roll with a singing and karate-chopping tribute. Connolly channels Presley’s timeless melodies via ouija board, bringing them to life in the acoustically refined 19th-century opulence of Mechanics Hall. Backed by a live band and harmony vocalists, performances divulge Elvis’s musical history by exploring the tunes, costumes, and more than 300 different lip-curls from the artist’s three-decade career. Spanning the decades from his zoot suits and slicked-back hair in the '50s to his sequin-emblazoned jumpsuits in the '70s, spectators re-live each multiplatinum hit, including a seated re-creation of the ’68 comeback special.
As homage to Elvis' blues-heavy roots, the night includes a special appearance by legendary blues recording artist, James Montgomery.
The elegant vaulted ceilings, intricate archways, and grand pipe organ in Mechanics Hall might evoke the atmosphere of an old-world manor, but its eclectic calendar of events is decidedly modern. The space’s finely calibrated acoustics show off the sounds of classical concerts, ballets, and popular music, and its near-perfect qualities have made it a favorite destination for recording.
Berklee Performance Center
As enrollment at the Berklee College of Music began to quadruple in the 1970s, it was obvious that the school was getting too big for its Hotel Boston britches—there was no space for a proper concert hall. So when the former movie palace of the Fenway Theatre and the former Sherry Biltmore Hotel went on the market, the administration snatched the spacious spaces up and solved their occupancy problems in one fell swoop. Renovated and modernized with an enlarged stage, an acoustic ceiling, and studios for recording, rehearsal, and extended noodling tucked below the stage level, the massive performance center now sports 1,215 plush green seats, a sleek hovering balcony, and advanced lighting and sound systems. When not being used as a laboratory for recording engineers and performers, the Back Bay culture nucleus showcases more than 200 events per year from various genres, cultures, and community organizations.