It’s exciting when musicians from another country go on tour—it gives you a rare chance to see what they’re like in person and learn a cool new way to pronounce the name of your hometown. Explore international sounds with this GrouponLive deal to see Celtic Thunder at the Akoo Theatre (formerly Rosemont Theatre). For $45, you get one ticket for seating in rows AA–HH of main-floor sections 107–111 or in balcony sections 204–208 on Sunday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. (up to a $91.25 value, including all fees). Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Since their debut at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland, in 2007, Celtic Thunder has released eight albums, hosted their own PBS specials, performed at the White House, and been named Top World Album Artist by Billboard. During their live shows, the ensemble of male singers dons dapper attire in the form of black suits, gray vests, and blue kilts before traversing the dynamically lit stage, belting out storied tunes in both solo and ensemble arrangements. Backed by traditional Irish instrumentation such as harp, fiddle, and tin whistle, they regale audiences with songs deeply engrained in Emerald Isle lore. The acoustic lullaby “Noreen” and the rollicking “My Irish Molly O” both sound at home in front of the set’s replica of ancient Celtic ruins. The performers also play Irish-flavored renditions of American classics, from the jig-inducing honky-tonk of Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl” to Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle,” a ballad about a feline who dreams of being a human baby.
From the mirrored exterior to the lobby’s hemisphere of twinkling crystal to the extra-wide aisles of the fan-shaped auditorium itself, the Akoo Theatre sets the stage for grandeur even before the curtain rises. Known as the Rosemont Theatre until recently, the Akoo continues to host a wide range of performers such as troubadour Leonard Cohen, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Mannheim Steamroller, the latter requiring intensive reinforcement of the stage.