Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with this GrouponLive deal to see Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at First Avenue Club in Iowa City. For $34, you get two general-admission tickets on Friday, July 27, at 8:30 p.m. (up to a $68.20 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
“If it’s the chart or heart, choose the heart. It’ll take you to the right place,” Marty Stuart recently told the Wall Street Journal. The sentiment may as well be a mantra for the legendary honky-tonker and guitar and mandolin virtuoso. They're the words of a man on a mission—a mission to preserve the purity of traditional country music.
Stuart continues this lifelong quest with his latest album, Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down. It's a record that hearkens back to “the Old Testament days” of country, when musicians broke speed limits with their mandolins and Telecasters doubled as flamethrowers. Stuart is joined by His Fabulous Superlatives, a backup band built for endless hoedowns and hayrides, and together they keep the tunes chugging with expert musicianship, dueling twang, and intertwining harmonies.
Fans can also expect to see hits from Stuart's solo career, such as “Hillbilly Rock” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'." When delivered with his trademark charisma and talent, each song proves why he's scored both five Grammys and membership in the Grand Ole Opry and played with the likes of country icons such as Johnny Cash and Lester Flatt of The Foggy Mountain Boys. Although not included in this Groupon, First Avenue Club serves an abundance of drinks and appetizers, comforting fans with the knowledge that they will not grow hungry, thirsty, or anxious to promenade onto the stage.
First Avenue Club
The same venue that hosts weddings and upscale dinners also welcomes established comedians and rock bands, making First Avenue Club a go-to destination for all manner of events. Inside, a full-service bar overflows with 12 draft beers, 40 bottled beers, and a wealth of mixed drinks. Further behind the scenes, the kitchen fires up hearty entrees such as roast pork loin and baked cod.