Concertgoers sometimes leave with a memento handed down from the stage, such as a drumstick, a set list, or a plastic baggy full of famous-person sweat. Go home happy with this GrouponLive deal to see a show at the Arena Theatre. Choose between the following performances:
- For $55, you get two tickets for seating in rows S–U to see DeRay Davis and Aries Spears on Friday, December 28, at 8 p.m. (up to a $122.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
- For $49, you get two tickets for seating in rows S–U to see Tony! Toni! Toné! and Jon B on Monday, December 31, at 9 p.m. (up to a $102.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.<p>
Comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis may not be a household name just yet, but his affable mug, booming voice, and merciless material have bristled the funny bones of millions of comedy fans. Having honed his chops on the south side of Chicago, the sly, brash, and fast-talking comic took his act from the projects to LA’s tough-to-crack comedy-club circuit, winning the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and primo slots at the Cedric the Entertainer festival and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
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Though most people are born without a funny bone in their body, Aries Spears was born with a funny skeleton. Throughout his prolific career, the standup comedian, actor, and writer has always shown natural comedic instincts that can’t be rehearsed or taught in improv classes. Splitting sides since he was 14 years old, Spears scurried quickly up the rungs of professional comedy, earning airtime on _Def Comedy Jam_ and _It’s Showtime at the Apollo_ and slaying crowds at the renowned Laugh Factory before he could legally buy its two-drink minimum. Warning: Coarse language
**Tony! Toni! Toné! & [Jon B](http://www.jonbworld.com/)** One of the '90s seminal R & B outfits, Tony! Toni! Toné! floods listeners with fond nostalgia. Authors of such chart-topping tunes as “Whatever You Want” and “It Never Rains (In Southern California),” the group takes a sophisticated approach to their old-school balladry. This adeptness has inspired [Allmusic](http://gr.pn/TRx1sU) to complement their ability to “seamlessly incorporate hip-hop and new jack swingbeat into their essentially traditional sound.”
To ring in the new year with soulful crooning, Jon B takes the stage for his inimitable take on R & B. Best known for his Grammy-nominated hit “Someone to Love,” B’s silky vocals buoy songs about the roller coaster rides of relationships, from fighting, to making up, to wondering if it was a bad idea to eat all that cotton candy before starting. A master of the piano, B often takes his seat at the keyboard, busting out ivory-tickling licks while singing along.
####Arena Theatre The architects of Arena Theatre have worked harder than most to ensure that there's not a bad seat in the house. The venue's in-the-round design ensures that concertgoers perch no farther than 60 feet from the stage no matter where they’re sitting, and the four bars that line the perimeter make even the drink line a comfortable vantage point. At the center of the hall can be found a steady stream of nationally touring entertainment, from Willie Nelson’s harmonica playing to Bill Cosby’s pudding eating.
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.