Concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated roadies ensuring that each instrument is tuned and that each baby knows when it’s time to crawl onstage. See a seamless show with this GrouponLive deal to see The Outlaw Roadshow 2012 featuring the Counting Crows at Iroquois Amphitheater. For $34, you get one ticket for premier seating in sections 1, 2, or 3 on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m. (up to a $74.01 value, including fees).
With a career stretching back two decades, Grammy-nominated alt-rock royalty Counting Crows takes to the road in support of its new album of cover songs, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation). According to SoundSpike, guitarist Dan Vickrey "said that part of the joy of covering other bands' relatively unknown material is giving new audiences a connection to artists they might never otherwise experience," thus helping show-goers get to know other groups without forced playdates. Songs such as The Romany Rye's "Untitled (Love Song)" and Coby Brown's "Hospital" allow the Crows to pay tribute to musicians they respect, interweaving the program with classics from the band’s extensive back catalog such as "Round Here" and "Mr. Jones."
Also filling the airspace with melodies, Good Old War's acoustic guitar buoys sing-along-friendly folk pop energized by humming, multipart harmonies. Fresh-faced duo Foreign Fields fills the venue with dreamy songs that seem to float through seas of echoing piano notes, fingerpicked guitar strings, and middle-school hallways full of cotton candy. Chicago wunderkinds Filligar fill out the roster, continuing a meteoric rise that has seen them open for The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket.
Fans will experience the show under the Iroquois Amphitheater’s canopy of wooden beams, which shelters the crowd from rain and provides endless food for any beaver brave enough to climb it. After a multiyear renovation, the amphitheater reopened for the 2004 season as an updated, modernized venue that still retains the historic charm and character first hammered into the original stage house when it was built in 1938.