Rock fans traditionally hold up lighters at concerts during ballads so that heartbroken moths know where they can go and, for once, not be judged. Get drawn in with this GrouponLive deal to Ninjapalooza Party Gras! featuring Graceland Ninjaz and more at House of Blues Dallas on Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. For $27, you get a ticket-and-buffet package for two (up to a $54 total value, including all fees), which includes the following:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $16.50 value, including all fees)
- Two admissions to the preshow buffet (a $20 value)
- Two sets of Hurricane glasses and Mardi Gras beads (a $17.50 value)
NinjaPalooza returns to the House of Blues with four stages of zydeco, country, jazz, electronic, and hip-hop acts from the Big Easy and the Lone Star State, culminating in an inhibition-free performance from the party’s headliners, the Graceland Ninjaz. As the self-described “King of Party Bands,” the Ninjaz go 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.
Before the rhinestoned ninjas emerge from the shadows, the Zydeco Stingrays heat up the mainstage’s sound system like Cajun cooking with a mix of NOLA-inspired rock and funk, and the rockers behind Dealer’s Choice remind listeners of Texan classics such as The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ “Tuff Enuff” and ZZ Top's “Give It Up.” In the Cambridge Room, the ladies of the Ruby Revue Burlesque Show hypnotize their audience with a sultry routine, and on the Foundation Room stage, the Dallas String Quartet might play anything from Brahms to Lady Gaga on their acoustic and electric violins, violas, and cellos.
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.