Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to the Allen City Blues Festival at the Allen Event Center on Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $33, you get one ticket for seating on the floor in section E or F, or in sections 105, 106, 114, or 115 (up to a $66.38 value, including fees).
- For $28, you get one ticket for seating in sections 103, 104, 116, or 117 (up to a $56.11 value, including fees).
The inaugural, one-night Allen City Blues Festival gathers the raw licks, the brooding bass, the rueful lyrics, and the fiery musical celebration that drips from American blues. Leading the evening's lineup, Robert Cray draws from blues skills that earned him five Grammy awards, a place in the Blues Hall of Fame, and a press-on teardrop tattoo. Yet Cray often veers from conventional blues to mix in rock, jazz, and gospel. He explains his genre-shifting virtuosity when detailing his early years as a guitarist: "I wanted to be George Harrison––that is, until I heard Jimi Hendrix."
Robert Randolph & The Family Band pump up the crowd with drawling riffs from a pedal steel guitar. The band's catalog maps a danceable trail that sprawls into the terrain of funk. The energy and joy Randolph pours into gospel-tinged aural experiments have inspired the New York Times to remark that songs such as "I Need More Love" brim with a "soulful urgency" and caused Rolling Stone to place him on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Jimmie Vaughan––founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and older brother to the legendary Stevie Ray—scorches the stage with wailing solos that have been a staple of the Texas blues scene for 40 years. Also gracing the stage, the next generation of blues ambassadors displays their virtuosic guitar skills. Austin native Ian Moore and Nashville transplant Tyler Bryant use their music to show that youthful emotion extends beyond quarrels over whose fantasy-baseball team is the best.
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