- One G-Pass to see Chris Isaak
- When: Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $40 for the rear orchestra or lower balcony (up to $66.60 value)
- $25 for the upper balcony (up to $45.45 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.<p>
Most people recognize Chris Isaak from his 1989 hit “Wicked Game,” an ode to the pitfalls of love that swells with his signature falsetto and moody guitar chords. But the longtime troubadour is anything but a one-hit wonder—he has amassed 13 albums over his career, making a name for himself through his seamless blend of rockabilly, surf rock, and roots music. His latest release, Beyond the Sun, finds the singer retracing his steps from California back to Memphis to pay tribute to the musicians who influenced his sound. A love letter to Sun Studios, the seminal Memphis recording powerhouse founded by Sam Phillips, the album teems with lovingly crooned tunes by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, all performed with a dash of Isaak’s own flair. “These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it,” he muses on his website. “There’s no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you’ve gotta give a little bit of your own take on it.”
During their live shows, Isaak and his crack backing band play with the effortlessness of old friends, often breaking out into choreographed shimmies and duck walks on upbeat cover songs such as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Miss Pearl” and classic originals such as “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Blue Hotel.” Isaak has a jovial and quick-witted relationship with the crowd, bantering with them as the shifting stage lights glint off his mirrored suit and settle into his signature pompadour for a quick nap.<p>
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre closed in 1989 and reopened its doors in 2001 after city funds helped 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee. But its most notable feature is the 2,200-pound chandelier, which gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.