Without music, concerts wouldn't exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to see I Hear Music in the Air: Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage, Isaac Carree & Amber Bullock at Procter & Gamble Hall in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. For $37, you get two tickets for seating in the rear orchestra, the rear loge, or in the balcony on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $75 value, including fees).
In its 11th annual concert, I Hear Music in the Air congregates some of the top voices and most charismatic performers of contemporary gospel music. Host of BET’s reality series Sunday Best, Kirk Franklin shares the limelight once again with the 2011-season winner Amber Bullock. Franklin tours behind his latest album, Hello Fear, which parses worldwide concerns for economic uncertainty and sidewalks on strike with his upbeat grooves, stirring vocalizations, and playful spoken-word pieces. A St. Louis native, Bullock brings the appealing charisma and impressive tonal range she displayed while bopping along to the jazzy chorus of “A City Called Heaven,” the song she sang live to clinch the Sunday Best title. Twenty-year gospel veteran Byron Cage also performs, as does Isaac Carree, former member of the all-male group Men of Standard.
The jaw-droppingly modern Procter & Gamble Hall––the largest theater at the Aronoff Center––exceptionally frames the show's joyous action. From their cushy seats, up to 2,719 guests can crane their necks to view the theater's 3,000 sparkling fiber-optic lenses, which mimic the twinkle of starlight or fireflies glued to the ceiling.