Live concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated staff ensuring each instrument is tuned, each mic is working, and each band member is set in the upright and locked position. Keep their hard work from going to waste with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $27, you get one ticket for reserved seating at the WTTS Rock to Read Benefit, featuring John Hiatt and The Combo and Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre on Friday, November 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $55.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is located in the orchestra section in rows S–MM.
WTTS FM pulls two revered rock 'n' roll radio heroes off the waves and onto the historic Murat Theatre stage for the Rock to Read Benefit, a rollicking concert with proceeds aiding children's reading programs through the Indianapolis Public Library. Famed songwriter John Hiatt's knack for crafting funny tearjerkers and remorseful feel-good anthems has earned him 11 Grammy nominations, a star on Nashville's Walk of Fame and a love affair with critics that spans four decades. Armed with The Combo, a solid rhythm section incapable of losing Red Rover, Hiatt woos audiences with his spirited playing, honest mechanic's voice, and a massive songbook strewn with hits popularized by Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. Co-headlining the well-read concert, the venerable force of Colorado's Big Head Todd and the Monsters stretches the binding of the stage with a funky, blues-infused showcase led by frontman Todd Park Mohr.
Old National Centre
Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis’s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.