With this GrouponLive deal, for $32, you get two tickets for best-available seating to see the Katie Armiger Trio at the Grand Opera House on Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $64 value). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the lobby opens at 6:30 p.m.
Just 19 years old when she released her first Billboard–charting album, 2010's Confessions of a Nice Girl, Katie Armiger is a Houston–born songstress with a voice as smooth as the smoke tendrils rising from a burning swathe of silk. The up-and-coming country star cowrote the majority of that album's hits, including the triumphant opening power ballad “Best Song Ever,” which crowned GAC's Top 20 Countdown for four weeks in 2011. In her confessions, this nice girl conveyed the delicate tension of budding romance on the tender “Can't Keep Myself from Loving You,” and a more forward invitation in the toe-tapping rocker “Kiss Me Now.” Now 21, Armiger reasserted herself earlier this year with a bluesy new release off an as-yet undisclosed album: “Better in a Black Dress,” a slow, slightly bittersweet avowal to keep from being tied down.
Grand Opera House
There aren't a lot of theater stages that can claim to have hosted presidential speeches—and fewer yet for which that president was William Howard Taft. Opened in 1883, the Grand Opera House has seen performances by the likes of Mark Twain, Harry Houdini, and John Philip Sousa, among other culture-makers of distant generations. Across a century and a quarter, the magnificent auditorium has played the parts of a vaudeville venue and a movie theater, and it wasn't until the mid-'80s that the stage resumed its duties as an opera house. After a sweeping referendum, the city acquired and restored the building, and in 1986 it reopened with a new staging of The Bohemian Girl—the same work that had first lifted its curtains more than a 100 years earlier. Today, 660 can enjoy the opera house's historic magnificence: an enormous, staggered chandelier, cherubic murals across the ceiling and flanking the balcony, and an unmatched ambiance of crimson and gold grandeur.