A live concert is the only place where you can demand that your favorite singer play your favorite song while staring directly into your eyes. Make the moment last forever with this GrouponLive deal to see Andy Grammer at Cain's Ballroom. For $24, you get two general-admission tickets for Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $45.50 value, including fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Andy Grammer released his self-titled debut only last year, but the album was years in the making. As the son of children’s musician Red Grammer, he grew up in a household where music was the vehicle for lessons about working hard and expressing oneself. As a teen, he picked up his dad's guitar and began teaching himself to write songs. Inspired by the soul-rock fusion of performers such as Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, and Coldplay, Andy began busking on Santa Monica’s famous Third Street Promenade with nothing but his voice, a guitar, and a car-battery-powered amp. If today he comes off as a professor of staying sunny in the face of adversity, then this stint on the street was his graduate school. “If I'm sitting next to a 4-year-old girl singing Janet Jackson songs on one side, and a father-son act doing acrobatics on the other, I had to learn how to get people to listen to me,” he told USA Today.
This time spent honing his craft paid off with the success of his first single, "Keep Your Head Up," which broke into the Top 5 on the adult-pop radio charts and nabbed an MTV O Award for Most Innovative Video. The upbeat pop ballad urges listeners to look on the bright side with peppy “whoa-ohs” and a spoken-sung cadence that borrows from modern rap and R&B. Its follow-up track, "Fine By Me" navigates equally optimistic soundwaves, and "The Pocket" lavishes soulful adoration on “the cover girl of Dignified Beauty magazine” over pops of brass and rivulets of cool piano.
Tulsa's Ty Mayfield opens with tracks from his debut album, Give Me a Second. The sharply dressed young artist pounds the keys over bouncy pop compositions he's performed at venues such as House of Blues and festivals including SXSW.
Nearly 90 years of history have boogied across the spring-loaded maple dance floor at Cain's Ballroom. Once known as the Carnegie Hall of western swing, the ballroom played a key part in the boot-stomping genre’s history as the one-time home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, who used the neon-lit space to host raucous dances, broadcast a radio show, and do their laundry in the bathroom. Still a landmark of Tulsa’s music scene, the ballroom retains much of its original charm, from the barrel-vaulted ceiling to the oversize portraits of past stars to the fiddle-shaped light fixtures.