Seeing music live is a great way to really feel the music, especially when you position yourself directly between the cymbals. Be at the center of it all with this GrouponLive deal to see Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson at the Arena Theatre. For $60, you get two tickets for in-the-round seating in rows S–U on Saturday, November 3, at 8 p.m. (up to a $126.50 value, including fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson, two masters of soulful ballads and owners of honey-soaked pipes, headline Ladies Choice night at the Arena Theatre. Osborne, best known for his hit “On the Wings of Love,” got his start in the late 1960s as the drummer and eventual lead vocalist of funk-laced soul band L.T.D. before branching out into a solo career. Osborne’s low voice intermittently lurches up into a higher register during goose-bump-inducing tunes such as “Close the Door,” “Love Ballad,” and “We’re Going All The Way,” an ode to the romance of taking your bowling team to the championships.
Dubbed the “Pavarotti of soul singers” by the New York Times in 1983, Bryson has built a following around smooth but deeply felt hits such as “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again.” His career hit the highest of notes when two of his recorded duets, “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” with Regina Belle, both won Best Song at the 64th and 65th Academy Awards. He continues to serenade listeners with selections from his 17 solo studio albums, effortlessly connecting with audience members by making liberal use of eye contact or repeatedly replacing the word love with "hi, Patty."
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.