Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with this GrouponLive deal to see the Playing For Change concert at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall. For $42, you get two tickets for main-floor or terrace-level seating on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. (an $89.80 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Groupon customers will receive the best seats available at the time of purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m.
A multicultured collage of musicians corralled from around the world, Playing For Change continues its cross-country mission to unite the masses through music during a one-night set at historic Clowes Memorial Hall. Grammy Award–winning producer Mark Johnson, who originally set out to blend the voices of artists from diverse faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities, planted the band's seed several years ago, and has since watched it blossom into a worldwide phenomenon. Rather than sew each other's socks together, fans can unify by jamming to the ensemble's globetrotting repertoire of genres such as blues, gospel, reggae, and Afropop.
Alongside self-taught African guitarist Jason Tamba, the vibrato-soaked pipes of vocalist Titi Tsira, and others, New Orleans street staple Grandpa Elliott infuses tracks with the southern drawl of his gentle yet soulful cadence, which helped the movement's "Stand By Me" video grab millions of hits on the Internet. In keeping with the group's positive convictions, profits from Playing For Change's concert and album sales have helped fund the construction of music schools in various countries.
Clowes Memorial Hall
For the late Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes, the most important things in life were science and the arts. The good doctor wanted to share this devotion with the Indianapolis community, so he devised and funded Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Completed in 1963, the hall shares Butler's gorgeous aesthetic with its arching stone façade and lush crimson interior, which has room for over 2,000 patrons. In addition to major touring productions and public speakers, Clowes Memorial Hall is also the home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, and the Indy 500.