Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's GrouponLive deal to the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. For $25, you get one ticket to the festival's opening-day performance on Saturday, January 21 (a $59.50 value). Groupon buyers will be seated in the orchestra and first balcony on a first-come, first-served basis. The first performance of the festival begins at 2 p.m.
The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival celebrates its fourth year of roots music and culture with performances by 35 bands at three venues throughout the city. Kicking off the sonic jubilee is a set from the festival's founder, David Grisman, who has collaborated with Jerry Garcia and has a stockpile of guitar strings made from black licorice. Grisman will be joined by his own quintet of string pluckers in addition to the Del McCoury Band, performing twangful tunes and shaking up dueling-banjos traditions by hurling mandolins at one another. Other bands on the playlist include Joe Purdy, Bluegrass Ball featuring The Travelin' McCourys, Giving Tree Band, Henhouse Prowlers, and Majors Junction.
Registered as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is home to the legendary Landmark Stage. Upon entering the performance hall, audiences can marvel at its opulent design, counting the number of dazzling light bulbs on the proscenium's multitiered arches or grabbing fistfuls of cartoon grass from the mural of spring on the wall.