Reggae evokes tropical weather and laid-back good times, which is why most reggae concerts conclude with crowds rushing the stage's enormous hammock. Relax with this GrouponLive deal to see The Wailers at Durty Nellies in Palatine on Wednesday, May 30, at 10 p.m. For $29, you get a night of reggae for two (up to a $59.50 value), which includes:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $47.50 value, including all fees)
- Two $6 credits toward two drinks
Since its 1969 formation as the band that launched Bob Marley to fame, The Wailers have crisscrossed the globe with the horn-fed, bass-fueled reggae sounds that spin from 250 million albums sold. Founding bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett anchors the band with rhythms that roll beneath signature tracks such as "Lively Up Yourself." Lead singer Koolant, who joined The Wailers after they spotted him in the film Made in Jamaica, lends a deep, smooth edge to the familiar Marley lyrics, including the subtle legal defense of "reflexes got the better of me" in the outlaw hit "I Shot the Sheriff." Koolant has also worked some new tracks into The Wailers' time-tested repertoire: an appeal to humanity's generosity, "A Step for Mankind", was written to benefit the UN's World Food Program.
Up to 1,200 fans can dance and sway to reggae's summery soundtrack at Durty Nellies. Planted across the street from the Palatine Metra station, the venue is easily accessible by both public transit or private piggyback, the better to explore a 30-tap, 120-bottle beer list full of potions from Three Floyds and Goose Island as well as France and Germany.