Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to The Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at American Jazz Museum (up to a $50 value). Tickets normally cost $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Senior tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and children 12 and younger enter for free. Each ticket also includes free admission to the museum on the day of the festival.
American Jazz Museum’s annual Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is a one-day music extravaganza that colludes the talents of soulful singers, strummers, horn blowers, and string twangers across three performance stages. Headlining the event, the seven-member band War (10 p.m.–11:30 p.m.) blasts its funk melodies into the air. Before War takes the stage, Bobby “Blue” Bland (7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.) serenades the audience with sultry favorites, such as his rendition of Bill Withers' “Ain’t No Sunshine,” after Christian McBride with Inside Straight (5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.) cues the miniature musician living inside his standup bass to play a euphony of soul. Throughout the day, patrons can indulge in fare from local food vendors (not included with this Groupon) such as City Bar-B-Q, snacking until their fingers are covered with enough sauce to ensure easy snapping.
Attendees can take a break from chasing quarter notes by moseying indoors to American Jazz Museum's various permanent exhibits. An extensive gallery chronicles the legacies of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, whose displayed saxophone is famous for spitting out feathers when attendees aren't looking. A full list of performers and showtimes is available online.
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