Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to see Dickey Betts and Great Southern at State Theatre in New Brunswick on Wednesday, April 25, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $14, you get one ticket for mid-balcony seating (up to a $28 value, including all fees).
- For $21, you get one ticket for mid-orchestra or front-balcony seating (up to a $43 value, including all fees).<p>
To define Southern rock without using words, all one has to do is hum the first few bars of Dickey Betts’s “Jessica” or “Ramblin’ Man.” A founding singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey’s history of hot licks has landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. His style is bluesy, twangy, and jazzy, inspiring flashbacks to hot summer nights and long road trips taken while smuggling moonshine. His backup band, Great Southern, supports him throughout with speed and a ready-to-rumble flair. Live, Dickey and the band rouse fans with a stash of meaty hits and a jamming stamina that borders on superhuman.
Warming up the stage are Chicago indie rockers The Empty Pockets, who belt out darling pop tunes and harmonies reminiscent of Buddy Holly. State Theatre’s expanse supplies their chords with a field of room in which to play and chase butterflies. Beneath a high ceiling with circles etched around a central chandelier, rows of plush crimson seats face a proscenium stage, recalling the grandeur of the 1920s vaudeville that the theater was first built to host.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901Get Directions