It’s often said that what matters is the singer, not the song, which is why music fans are still moved by Bing Crosby’s rendition of “99 Bottles of Beer.” Savor a voice that could sing the phone book with this GrouponLive deal to see Vince Gill at Arena Theatre. For $65, you get two tickets for seating in rows S or T in sections 1–15 on Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m. (up to a $169 value, including fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Vince Gill strummed into the twang-echoing halls of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. To do so, he only had to win 18 Grammy Awards, including one in each year of the 1990s, sell 26 million albums, and record duets with divas known worldwide by a single name: Dolly, Reba, and Barbra. For 12 years he hosted the Country Music Awards with his playful humor and gracious charm, which, along with his aforementioned accolades, finally crowned him among the ranks of country royalty.
Fans can marvel at this musical monarch's talent and charisma on August 9 at the Arena. Gill may show off his barn-stomping bluegrass roots in early hits such as the rowdy "Oklahoma Borderline," and introspective maturity with cuts from the 1989 breakout album When I Call Your Name, which featured the brokenhearted Dear John track of the same name. Tears and liquefied quarter notes continue cascading over fans' cheeks during songs such as "Look at Us," a testament to the oft-cloaked romance of a long-term relationship. Gill has also been known to fill interludes with stories about the songs' inspirations and origins.
At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.