- $17 for one ticket to see Cracker, plus an event poster and coat check (up to $34.10 value)
- When: Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Varsity Theater
- General-admission standing
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Cracker began: as the conjoined twin of ringleader David Lowery’s beloved college rock band Camper Van Beethoven
- How both acts are different: where as CVB reveled in absurdity, genre experimentation, and Russian ska, Cracker has a simpler country bent that suggests a very sarcastic Eagles.
- How both acts are the same: Lowery’s confounding lyricism, So-Cal drawl, and gift for choruses that stick in your craw
- The break-though hit that had college kids glued to their MTV: “Low”
- Other classic Cracker sing-alongs anchored by Lowery’s sardonic storytelling: “Euro Trash Girl,” “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now),” “Get Off This”
- What to expect from the show: all of those songs that filled your five-disc CD changer in the ’90s, fresh material from the upcoming double-album Berkley to Bakersfield, and some blazing solos from guitarist Johnny Hickman
If the building at 1308 4th Street had a mouth, it could tell many stories. It could tell of its birth as The University Theater in 1915 and how its infancy was spent in vaudeville, presenting everything from minstrel shows to early silent films. It could tell of the art deco remodel by architects Jack Liebenberg and Seeman Kaplan that turned it into a full-time movie house for the next 50 years. And it could tell of its days in the '90s and early 2000s when it worked as an underground club and a photography studio. But today, in its own way, the theater speaks mostly of the current music scene, hosting everyone from Mumford and Sons to Feist and Saul Williams.