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Though largely forgotten by modern audiences, The Beatles and its four members have slowly but surely gained a cult following during the past few years. Today's Groupon helps you understand what all the fuss is about: for $30, you get a ticket to one of two For George & John: Harrison and Lennon Remembered performances by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (a $67 value). Performances are on Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. Seating will be in the Orchestra A/Balcony A sections.

1241 Elm St
Cincinnati,
OH
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Originally built in the late 1800s as a vaudeville theater and then seeing time as a German film theater in the 1950s, today Bogart’s stands as a portal to a world of live music. Six bars stand at the ready to keep rocking bodies hydrated, and three concert-viewing levels ensure pristine sightlines so that lead singers can have midconcert staring contests with anyone they choose.

2621 Vine St
Cincinnati,
OH
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Many symphony orchestras take themselves very seriously. And while Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is consummately professional, they also regale audiences with unconventional performances that may involve silent films, comedians, country bands, and Civil War–battle reenactments, a formula that has worked for the past 21 seasons.

642 Mount Zion Road
Florence,
KY
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In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.

200 West Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus,
OH
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The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.

2540 Olentangy River Road
Columbus,
OH
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Since its inception in 2005, Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra has permeated surrounding communities with first-rate symphonic entertainment. This March, the ensemble maps out a musical road trip across the euphonious landscape of America, beginning by toting listeners through the Western plains of Copland's Billy the Kid suite. After a brief detour past the sun-splashed baseball fields and panhandling cellos of Joan Tower's Made in America, internationally acclaimed pianist and chair of the piano department at China's Shenyang Conservatory of Music Dr. Tianshu Wang joins the orchestra on a key-tickling traipse around Gershwin's New York City streets. Adventurous conductor and music director Timothy Weiss captains the harmonic cavalcade, which features more than 75 musicians corralled from the Central Ohio area. Inside Denison University's historic Swasey Chapel, attendees can appreciate century-old architecture that plays host to religious services, world-class musical performances, and field trips for aspiring chimes.

200 Chapel Dr.
Granville,
OH
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