Concerts give music lovers the chance to gather together to hear their favorite artist and share one giant, meaty party sub. Share a moment with this GrouponLive deal to see Ledisi at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. For $20, you get one ticket for main-floor seating in rows AA–MM on Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m. (up to a $41.99 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Ledisi stares out pensively from the cover of her fifth and latest album, Pieces of Me, but her work is infused with a boundless optimism. On her BGTY tour—short for "Be good to yourself"—the Grammy-nominated, New Orleans R & B songstress’s music lands with the affirmative force of a high-five or slap on the back. In the single "Bravo," she sings of having a "new walk and a new point of view" and "the same pretty face, but a brand new smile." It’s an attitude that encapsulates her latest material’s development of her key strengths, adding “an earthy intensity and a deceptive sense of abandon” to her “big, expressive” voice, according to the New York Times.
On stage, she’s ready to inspire crowds with a supremely self-assured performance. As she told Vibe this spring, "I feel love, I feel confident, I feel good, I feel like I can say whatever I wanna say and not think about it twice." In doing so, she aims to situate herself in the tradition of Tina Turner's energy, Nina Simone's power, Ella Fitzgerald's range, and the Sahara desert’s disdain for rain clouds.
Eric Benet's smooth soul grooves warm up the crowd. The crooner sails into the high registers in "Sometimes I Cry," the Grammy-nominated single off his latest album The One. He’s equally well versed in joy as in heartbreak: the record concludes with "Here in My Arms," a lullaby Benet wrote for his baby daughter Lucia, who was born at the end of last year.
Old National Centre
Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis’s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.