Country music harks back to a more courteous era, when kids still called women “ma’am” and men “daddy ma’am.” Tip your hat to the good ol’ days with this GrouponLive deal to see Emmylou Harris at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, January 11, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $38, you get one G-Pass for lower-balcony seating (up to a $63.30 value, including all fees).
- For $30, you get one G-Pass for rear-orchestra seating (up to a $53.10 value, including all fees).<p>
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.<p>
The voice sounds as though it’s been everywhere. Sometimes it’s a gritty twang, sometimes trembling with the earnestness of ’70s folk vibrato, sometimes lilting with a hint of something indefinably ancient. And although it doesn’t entirely account for her voice’s uniqueness, Emmylou Harris has certainly lived a life to match her well-traveled sound. Beginning her career in Greenwich Village folk clubs, Harris later went on to collaborate with Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, and Roy Orbison in between releasing 26 studio albums, winning a dozen Grammy awards, and learning the complex secret handshake required of members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her voice has soared into hazy heavens and dipped almost into gravel on hit singles such as “Blue Kentucky Girl,” “Heartbreak Hill,” and “Crescent City,” all tracking recurring themes of love, loss, and endurance with direct emotion.
Her down-to-earth melancholy remains on her most recent album of all-original material, Hard Bargain—even in “Goodnight Old World,” a lullaby penned for her grandchild, who, she sings, “fell from the Heavens right into this sad place / Remembering God for a while in your dreams.” On stage, Harris is equal parts disarming and intense beneath her trademark white mane as she shares the spotlight with the crack roots musicians of her band, the Red Dirt Boys.
####Genesee Theatre Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it. _Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app._
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been re-created from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.