Live concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated staff ensuring each instrument is tuned, each mic is working, and each band member is set in the upright and locked position. Keep their hard work from going to waste with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to see the Championship Weekend Showdown, featuring Honey Island Swamp Band and Dash Rip Rock, at House of Blues New Orleans on Saturday, January 7, at 9 p.m. (up to a $19 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Championship Weekend Showdown toasts a successful football season with stirring sets by two of the region's most esteemed bands. The Honey Island Swamp Band makes sonic jambalaya with its Bayou Americana sound, a stew of country-inflected rock and funky New Orleans blues. With a style that staggers between gutsy strutting and sweet harmonies like a canary-rooster hybrid, the band has stormed stages including the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where the Times-Picayune described their bombastic "Josephine" as "the sonic equivalent of a fast drive along a curvy stretch of road."
Dash Rip Rock enacts its own name in a wild set that bursts a piñata of country-punk and rockabilly over the crowd, displaying the manic energy that has propelled tours with the Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, and bands of relay-racing boxcar-hoppers. Hailed as "fire-breathing, fun-loving sons of the swamp" by the Houston Press, Dash Rip Rock instigates instant parties with manic stage moves, searing guitars, and toe-tapping, insole-melting beats.
House of Blues New Orleans
At home in the French Quarter, the House of Blues New Orleans keeps its heritage ever near with a metal box of mud from the Mississippi Delta hidden beneath its stage. Around this, more than 290 pieces of folk art—one of the largest collections in the country—decorate the walls. Also bringing its Southern charm and homestyle feel are hardwood floors, no fewer than three bars, and two levels for concert viewing.