Bands often run back onstage for an encore, especially if the crowd is chanting for them or if security hasn't been able to capture the live animal running loose backstage. Go wild with this GrouponLive deal to see the Robert Glasper Experiment at House of Blues Chicago. For $30, you get two tickets for general admission on Thursday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (up to an $83.10 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Jerome Holloway opens for Glasper.
“The jazz community kind of kills the alive to praise the dead,” opined pianist Robert Glasper in an interview with the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. “You look in any jazz magazine, 90% of it is old people, reissues, or people who are gone already. The other 10% are new people, when it should be the opposite way.” A blunt-worded advocate and conscientious catalyst for the evolution of jazz, Glasper pushes the boundaries of the genre with overt hip-hop stylings, a few surprising covers such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Cuban jazz classic “Afro Blue,” and collaborations with such artists as Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu, and Bilal. Often backed by his self-titled band, Glasper’s songs inhabit deeply complex and meditative soundscapes that have a tendency to morph into familiar tunes. This approach to jazz is at once tender and confrontational, tearing down the old to make way for the new and reinvigorating the aging genre by channeling it through modern musicians.