For decades, Americans have used rock music to rebel against authority and spice up bland a cappella dinner conversation. Get a dose of defiance with this GrouponLive deal to see .38 Special outdoors at Mt. Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center in Tamiment. For $22, you get one ticket for reserved seating in section 201 or 208 on Friday, August 24, at 7 p.m. (up to a $50.15 value, including fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
In the mid-1970s, two neighborhood friends in Jacksonville, Florida, formed a band that would add its signature blend of muscle and melody to Southern rock’s musical legacy. Today, those two friends, Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant of .38 Special, continue to rile up crowds with hits from a career that has spanned 15 albums. “We’re a team,” Barnes says on the band’s website, “and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.” That attitude translates on stage with hits such as the energetic, heart-on-a-sleeve anthem of “Caught Up In You” or “Hold On Loosely,” in which its chorus of “Just hold on loosely, but don’t let her go / If you cling too tightly, you’re going to lose control,” provides solid lyrical advice for those embarking on a romantic relationship or rodeo marathon.
The Davisson Brothers Band warms up the stage with its blend of country, rock, and bluegrass. With a core made up of a pair of brothers and a cousin, this band of West Virginians demonstrates its sonic leanings in its first single, the romping and rolling “Big City Hillbilly,” which chronicles a country boy's city life to speak of staying true to your roots and to represent living paradoxes such as jumbo shrimp and cool math teachers.