Compared to smaller shows, major rock concerts can increase the energy of a crowd and decrease the suspicion that the drummer keeps mocking the way you move your arms when you dance. Join the friendly crowd with this GrouponLive deal to see the Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth Tour, with special guests Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Cracker at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City. For $25, you get one ticket for seating in the loge, sections 10–19, on Friday, July 27, at 7:45 p.m. (up to a $65.75 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Canadian pop-rock troopers the Barenaked Ladies play ringmasters to a freewheeling circus of brainy pop, brawny blues, and carefree jams as the Last Summer on Earth Tour lights up arenas and amphitheaters across the continent. Onstage, they maintain their 20-year reputation as an engaging live act with tight but playful musicianship and gregarious repartee with their adoring audiences. Their hook-laced lyrical patter, bookworm wit, and mastery of the tone sequences that activate the brain's CD-buying centers steered '90s hits such as “One Week” and “If I Had a Million Dollars” into perpetual ubiquity.
Touring with a lean, four-man lineup behind its 11th studio album, All in Good Time, the band headlines a formidable posse of alternative-rock veterans. Blues Traveler, best known for runaway hits “Runaround” and “Hook,” celebrates its silver anniversary by digging into its hacky sack of sing-alongs, fueled by John Popper’s resuscitating gusts of harmonica. The venerable touring machine of Big Head Todd and the Monsters induces involuntary swaying with its blend of Delta blues, Motown soul, and Caribbean vibes. Rounding out the roster, David Lowery, Johnny Hickman, and the rootsy road warriors of Cracker continue to mix sardonic rockers such as the hit “Low” with jocular jams in the vein of “Eurotrash Girl."
One of California’s largest and most renowned venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its stellar reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by corralling sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage, granting visitors easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system, meanwhile, allows event goers to rock out to dynamic tunes or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.