Music achieves its full emotional effect only when performed live, just as great literature becomes comprehensible only when screamed aloud in a crowded subway train. Enjoy public performance with today's GrouponLive deal to see Blackberry Smoke at Duling Hall on Friday, February 3, at 9 p.m. For $15, you get two general-admission tickets (a $30 value).
The five members of Blackberry Smoke sear a new brand into the hide of Southern rock with their signature brew of country, bluegrass, metal, and gospel influences. Frontman Charlie Starr will pitch anthemic lyrics about coolers packed with cold beers and electronic cigarettes off Duling Hall's stained-glass windows. Gearing up to release a third full-length album within the year ahead, the quintet is currently swinging around the country on the strength of singles such as "Up in Smoke" and "Good One Comin' On" and the funding of using their flowing rock locks in shampoo commercials. Quick-riffing openers Matt Poss Band plant their Midwestern country rock into the fertile Mississippi soil with their brand-new album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride.