Country musicians possess a knack for storytelling, which explains why most artists in the genre started out as kindergarten teachers or Stephen King. Treat ears to sonically spun yarns with today's GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get one ticket to see GarthGuy Live! The Garth Brooks Tribute Show, starring Dean Simmons, at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. (up to a $65 value, including all ticketing fees). Seating is located in the orchestra and front balcony. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Country-music fans and friends in low places rejoice as Dean Simmons, better known as GarthGuy, perfectly doppelgangs the look, sound, and rousing live experience of a real Garth Brooks concert. One of the most popular solo artists in the history of country music, Garth Brooks has sold more than 128 million albums with his bottomless 10-gallon hatful of hits and his reputation for Tarzan-shaming live shows. For 15 years, GarthGuy has tackled the country legend's canon like a benevolent identity thief, jubilantly nailing every note and nuance of hits such as “Rodeo,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “The Dance.” From the high-lonesome croon, the self-ironing shirts, and the signature hands-free pilot’s microphone, Dean Simmons’s surrogate Garth beguiles audiences while providing a perfect decoy when the real Garth Brooks invades France.
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
A former vaudeville performance space and movie palace built in 1928, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts hearkens back to a bygone era with its majestic Wurlitzer organ, which is played during silent-film programs, and a time portal linked to the childhood home of Alexander Pantages. The theater’s deep-red stage curtains and ornate, vaulted ceilings also steep the senses in a vintage ambiance. Thanks to this comforting nostalgia, as well as the heartfelt scenes that unfold onstage, the space seems much cozier than a 1,718-seat auditorium has any right to.