Music conjures a wide range of emotions, from love to heartache to regret over eating your record collection. Feel the music with this GrouponLive deal to see Chris Isaak at the Arena Theatre. For $58, you get two tickets for reserved seating in row S or T on Tuesday, August 28, at 8 p.m. (up to a $108 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is in-the-round, with no seat more than 60 feet from the stage.
Most people recognize Chris Isaak from his 1989 hit "Wicked Game," an ode to the pitfalls of love that swells with his signature falsetto and moody guitar chords. But the longtime troubadour is anything but a one-hit wonder—he has amassed 13 albums over his career, making a name for himself through his seamless blend of rockabilly, surf rock, and roots music. His latest release, Beyond the Sun, finds the singer retracing his steps from California back to Memphis to pay tribute to the musicians who influenced his sound. A love letter to Sun Studios, the seminal Memphis recording powerhouse founded by Sam Phillips, the album teems with lovingly crooned tunes by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, all performed with a dash of Isaak's own flair. "These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it," he muses on his website. "There's no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you've gotta give a little bit of your own take on it." During their live shows, Isaak and his crack backing band play with the effortlessness of old friends, often breaking out into choreographed shimmies and duck walks on upbeat cover songs such as "Great Balls of Fire," "Miss Pearl" and classic originals such as “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Blue Hotel.” Isaak has a jovial and quick-witted relationship with the crowd, bantering with them as the shifting stage lights glint off his mirrored suit and settle into his signature pompadour for a quick nap.
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.