The thrill of seeing one's favorite musicians in concert often alleviates the stress of modern life and the sweaty delirium from contracting Beatlemania. Enjoy an aural antidote with today's GrouponLive deal: for $80, you get a VIP three-day pass to the Heineken City Arts Festival, held October 20–22.
During the three-day Heineken City Arts Festival, more than 170 imaginative minds will storm the city as bands, actors, artists, and poets grace 20 eclectic venues. The weekend's artistic wizardry begins Thursday at The Paramount, where visual and performance artists regale guests with private art experiences before the stage lights up with the energetic pop of Robyn, whose album Body Talk Pt. 1 was given an 8.5 rating by Pitchfork media. Friday brings the Grammy-nominated lyricism of alt-country rocker Ryan Adams, backed by Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes, and Saturday's Latino-funk-hip-hop amalgam of Ozomatli merges musical elements from around the globe like a UN mosh pit. Once aural cavities have had their fill of rhythm, they can drink in the spontaneous stylings of their favorite musical artists at the Celebrity Karaoke Party or give their own pipes a workout during Grease, Purple Rain, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie sing-alongs. A range of poets, performance artists, and local artisans will also unfurl a range of innovation. The Genre Bender showcase puts disparate artistic dimensions on a creative collision course as artists from a range of disciplines merge their expertise to create innovative new projects, such as food poetry, dance films, and finger paintings that sing "MacArthur Park" in falsetto.
VIP-pass holders bask in velvet-rope treatment as they sidle up to the front of every line and crowd-surf every restroom waiting area. The lucky few also get a range of festival extras, such as a private opening-night party on October 19, which fills Union Station with musical guests, art installations, and a hosted bar, and a closing-night party on October 22, which wraps up the cultural smorgasbord. VIP-only areas let festivalgoers try on their favorite snooty accents, and a festival swag bag brings exclusive goodies and concert memories home for safekeeping.