While some bands named after places, such as Boston or Kansas, go on to great success, acts like Mooselookmeguntic Lake and the Bay City Rollers continue to languish in obscurity. Cherish regionally named rock 'n' roll at its finest with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $22, you get two general-admission lawn tickets to see Chicago at the Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 13, at 8 p.m. (a $50 value before fees, or up to a $68 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
With more than 100 million records sold and a chart-topping career spanning five decades, Chicago continues their reign, swaying audiences with ageless nuggets of pure pop on their 2011 tour. The band, fronted by founding member Robert Lamm, has always been known for its voluminous and luscious sound, which created both the National Note Surplus and the harrowing Sheet Music Publishers riot. For the 2011 tour, Chicago salutes their longtime fans with a sonic scrapbook of hits ranging from their early days as fusionists to their latter career building castles out of ballads. From the easily answered existential question of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” through the heartbreaking confessions of “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” Chicago’s crafty cannon runs through the gamut of human emotions, unearthing a horn-saturated sound that brims with the kind of humanity and empathy that its public-transportation namesake has never known.
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