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 Gladys Knight at Arena Theatre on Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. For $69, you get two tickets for seating in row S, T, or U (up to a $141.50 value, including all fees).
Empress of Soul Gladys Knight's reign dates back to at least to 1960, when she was just 16 and she and The Pips released their debut album. Some 38 records later, she has racked up eight Grammy awards, earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and cemented a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This spring, she'll stay busy twirling and tangoing as a cast member on Dancing with the Stars and working with producer Randy Jackson on her latest album, which will include her single "I (Who Have Nothing)."
In concerts, Knight's voice still flutters to soaring heights in "Every Beat of My Heart," and the energetic chorus of mega-hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" oozes with the sentiment of anyone who's ever yearned for the comforting smell of the Atlanta Coca-Cola plant. Her shows keep the focus on her formidable pipes and easygoing "between-song chatter that's almost as entertaining as the music," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. From the Arena Theatre’s unique, in-the-round seating formation, all seats are within 60 feet of the stage, allowing for squintless views as Gladys hits the sweet spot of every ear.
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.