Beneath the ultra-hip Tower Theatre’s neon-tube lighting, ultraviolet murals, and restored marquee, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will unleash a set list of genre-spanning tunes, including his classics “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” Lovingly dubbed as "folk jazz" by the savvy singer, Hicks' tunes effortlessly coalesce elements of swing, jazz, folk, and country in a melodious fusion of styles, resulting in dynamic live performances and confused back-up dancers. Shielded by sharp-dressed sensibility, Hicks injects refreshing touches of humor into his tunes, crooned in a laid-back fashion that's punctuated by his infamous onstage wit. Groupon customers can redeem their Groupons before the show or at the venue, but general-admission seats are first-come, first-served.
The Roots & Boots Tour corrals three country stars—Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, and Sammy Kershaw—to perform acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. After opening sets by local country duo Whisky Row and LA-area five-piece The Doo-Wah Riders, the headliners will light up the stage faster than a Shakespeare troupe wearing firefly chainmail. With hard-hitting songs such as “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and a hobby as a competitive bodybuilder, Tippin has earned the nickname “Hillbilly Hercules.” Sammy Kershaw turns to his Louisiana upbringing to pepper singles such as "Cadillac Style” with Cajun-style vocals and to treat audience tongues to dabs of complimentary hot sauce. Grammy winner Joe Diffie will showcase his own repertoire of chart-toppers, including 1994’s “Pickup Man.”
The dazzling, art-deco exterior of The State Theatre sends moviegoers back in time to Hollywood’s heyday. The elegant 1934 theater eschews the big-budget productions and 3D infomercials of today’s movie industry and instead screens classic films and indie features. On opening nights, The State Theatre often hosts Skype Q&A sessions with the directors and other filmmakers.