What You'll Get
- One ticket to see Don Williams
- When: Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Riverside Theater
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $32 for rows J–T of the main floor (up to $63.26 value)
- $26 for rows A–E of the balcony (up to $51.99 value)
- $21 for rows F–V of the balcony (up to $40.96 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
**Don Williams performing “My Heart To You” live**
- Don’s nickname: “The Gentle Giant”
- How he got that name: not only does he have an imposing build, he touches listeners’ hearts with his leather-textured baritone and sweet, simple ballads
- The name given to his musical style in the ’70s: “countrypolitan”
- Which was: a fancy term for country-pop invented by listeners who didn’t want to admit they were into country music
- 2010: the year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
- 1980: the year he made a cameo in Smokey and the Bandit II and made critics everywhere question if they could give an award for “Coolest Cameo in ‘Smokey and the Bandit II’”
- Number of #1 hits that made Don one of the biggest stars of the ’70s: 17
- Gentle Giant favorites you’re bound to hear live and warm: “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Tulsa Time,” and his all-time heart-hugger “I Believe in You”
- 2012 album that saw Don return with what Country Weekly called “his strongest set in the last 20 years”: And So It Goes
- Which primed fans for: his latest album, Reflections, in which Don lends his voice to works from his favorite songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt and Merle Haggard
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 2, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting at 6 p.m. on evening of show, Wednesday 4/2, for a ticket at The Riverside Theater box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Riverside Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Pabst Theater's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Pabst Theater
Captain Frederick Pabst contributed to Milwaukee’s status as a cultural landmark of the upper Midwest by building Pabst Theater, formally known as Das Neue Deutsche Stadt-Theater, in 1895. According to legend, when he was informed that his theater had burned to the ground, the brewing magnate interrupted his European vacation to wire home the order to “Rebuild at once!”—and 11 months later, the stage was completed anew. Where the old theater honored German artists by having their names inscribed along the cornice of the auditorium, the new building featured an international consortium of cultural notables. The theater’s globe-spanning influences were made even more apparent with the installation of an Austrian crystal chandelier and an Italian marble staircase.