Cover bands sound just like the real thing, unlike cover audiences, who are just used mannequins holding up lighters. See the real almost-real thing with this GrouponLive deal to see Easy Star All-Stars: The Thrilla at Irving Plaza. For $10, you get one general-admission ticket for Thursday, October 4, at 9 p.m. (up to a $28.50 value, including fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
Michael Jackson covers aren't difficult to come by, but they rarely sound like they do in the hands of the Easy Star All-Stars. As the sprawling collective swims into a rock-steady rendition of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', an indelible melody takes on a relaxed groove with the soulfulness, but not the '80s trappings, of the King of Pop. Celebrating the band's first new tribute album since 2009's Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, the set list consists of tracks from soon-to-be-released The Thrilla, as well as originals and covers of Bob Marley's most famous phone calls. No matter their material—which has included full-album renditions of Dark Side of the Moon and _OK Computer_—the band's musicians and multiple vocalists create a sound that "flows effortlessly, never getting caught up in overly ambitious detours," according to AllMusic. Opening band The Aggrolites preps audiences for Jamaican rhythms with an unadulterated ska sound reminiscent of the music heard in 1960s Kingston or 1970s London.
Built in 1860, Irving Plaza was converted from a ballroom and burlesque house into a rock venue in 1978. It retains a slightly punky, classic New York feel, from its mid 20th-century red marquee to its intimate stage to the disco ball sharing space with its chandeliers.
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