Reaching toward a music star is a popular way to let them know that you appreciate their musical work and aren't afraid of their baby-like hands. Get close to the action with this GrouponLive deal to EventLife Presents India and Ivy Queen at Congress Theater. For $42, you get one ticket for VIP main floor seating on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (up to a $100 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
“The Princess of Salsa” took a circuitous path to the realm of music royalty. India’s powerful pipes were providing backup for the Latin hip-hop group TKA by the time she was 14, and she soon earned a contract with Warner Bros. and began filling clubs with dance-ready, English-language tunes. She felt adrift however, telling the New York Times, "I loved singing rock-and-roll, jazz, anything on radio. I was able to do anything, but I didn't know what direction to go in." That all changed the day legendary salsa bandleader Eddie Palmieri happened by the studio and heard her voice. Recognizing her untapped talent for the genre, he helped her craft her album Llego la India via Eddie Palmieri, catapulting her to fame in the process.
Two decades later, she remains one of salsa's most dynamic performers, belting out the swinging lyrics with her alluringly smoky voice. Her most recent album—2010's Única—showed her still in top form, with AllMusic.com raving that her voice is "rich with emotion as a once merely powerful delivery evolves into something more triumphant and learned."
Ivy Queen, the “Queen of Reggaeton,” continues to hold claim to her regal sobriquet 10 years after ascending the throne. She discovered the world of Latin hip-hop after moving from New York to her ancestral Puerto Rico as a teenager, and soon found her niche performing in the emerging reggaeton scene. Her breakout third album, Diva, cemented her place among the genre’s most versatile female singers with such hits as "Yo Quiero Bailar" and "Tú No Puedes." Touring in support of her most recent album, Musa, Ivy Queen enraptures ears with a voice that moves between expansive choruses and staccato rapping with the muscular agility of a weightlifting rabbit.
On most nights, the historic confines of the Congress Theater echo with high-energy beats. A former movie palace built in 1927, the cavernous venue is registered as a Chicago Landmark, sheltering fans under an intricate, domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded. After years of success as a concert and comedy venue, the theater is branching out into its surrounding neighborhood by filling attached storefronts with restaurants, small grocers, and other community partners.