It's always great to hear your favorite song live, because you can sing along and see what the notes look like as they float out of the instruments. See the music with this GrouponLive deal to Raising Cane's Presents: NinjaPalooza featuring Graceland Ninjaz at House of Blues Dallas. For $13, you get two tickets for general admission on Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. (up to a $26.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
NinjaPalooza, also known as Friday Funday, covers audiences in an acoustic Miracle-Gro that causes parties to sprout from the smallest of seeds. Throughout the night, a four-pack of bands leads a high-speed pursuit of happiness fueled by rock, pop, and hip-hop. Headlining the evening, Graceland Ninjaz, the self-described “King of Party Bands,” goes for broke in a grab-bag set of 20th-century pop favorites. Led by the flamboyant, hip-gyrating Elvis impersonator David “EzE” McMahon, the band mashes up artists from Lady Gaga to Prince to The Doors in mischievous and prankish arrangements. The band’s “Baby Sandman,” for instance, lures in ears with the opening riffs of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” and then pulls the wool by dropping in the rap of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” “Smells Like Ice Baby,” on the other hand, marries the bleak grunge of Nirvana with Vanilla Ice’s famous exposé on glacier movements.
Ripping up the sound system first, the members of Stan Halen salute the heroes of ‘80s hair metal by donning wigs and blasting out hits from Poison and Mötley Crüe. The party also gets a one-two punch of hip-hop hoorays from the ping-ponging KoZmic Sisters and the full-band attack of Houston Boy and Behind the Bleachers.
House of Blues Dallas
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Dallas keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage. Summoning the spirit and raw grit contained therein, local and national performers enliven the venue’s wood-laden auditorium, lined with art such as Alan Sainte James Boudrot’s A Dream Come True. The historic White Swan building, a remnant of the 1920s coffee-processing plant, hosts this mix of traditional and contemporary, adding its open architecture to every show.