Reaching toward rock stars is a popular way to let them know that you appreciate their musical work and aren’t afraid of their baby-like hands. Get close to the action with this GrouponLive deal to see James McCartney at Gramercy Theatre. For $15, you get one general-admission ticket on Thursday, June 7, at 8 p.m. (up to a $29 value, including all fees).
Though he has spent much of his life shunning the glow cast by his well-known last name, James McCartney boasts an omnivorous instrumental knowledge and delicately lilting voice that have earned him his own place in the spotlight. Winning praise from the New York Times for its "strong melodic chops," his 2011 release, The Complete EP Collection, shows off his command of bass, guitar, and piano, and his thoughtful writing shames musicians who crib their lyrics from fortune cookies. His growing catalogue of songs includes the upbeat pop confection "Angel," with its cheerily riffing guitar intermingling with moody pieces such as the cello-infused emotional tangle of "Glisten." Guest Oria Aspen brings beautifully spare vocals to her soaring love songs, and Lisa Bouchelle rounds out the evening with acoustic-guitar pop.
Hosting the evening's tunes, the historic Gramercy Theatre first opened its doors in 1937 and spent some 60 years as a movie theater and art house. Now wedged between two skyscrapers, it still retains some art-deco columns and flourishes striped into its façade. Inside, an intimate main room shares space with the eclectic Samsara Lounge where persian rugs and funky wall art imbue audiences with a rock 'n' roll spirit and inspire the spontaneous formation of nomadic tribes.
127 E 23rd St.
New York, New York 10010