Cover bands look and sound just like the real thing, unlike cover audiences, who are just used mannequins holding up lighters. See the real almost-real thing with this Groupon to see Lights Concert’s The Journey Xperience at the Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get one ticket for reserved orchestra or balcony seating (a $15 value).
- For $14, you get two tickets for reserved orchestra or balcony seating (a $30 value).<p>
Five-piece band Lights Concert presents a full-scale tribute to Journey, the legendary rockers known for the hits “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” and “Wheel in the Sky.” During shows, fans can sing along to classics from Journey’s massive-selling Greatest Hits album, as well as lesser-known gems. As reported to CantonRep.com, front man Sean Gabriel perfected his ability to work a crowd as a karaoke DJ before joining Lights Concert, where he shows off his expansive vocal range as well as his meticulously accurate mane. The band eschews prerecorded tracks, making use of real-time instrumental chops and intricate harmonies as it faithfully replicates Journey’s stage show down to its massive red piano, nicknamed Whale for how difficult it was to haul out of the ocean.
The jaw-droppingly ornate Civic Theatre frames the action. Within the 1920s fever dream of a Moorish castle, every surface pulsates with intricate patterns, from the carved ceilings and fringy chandelier of the grand lobby to the palatial skyline that forms the proscenium arch. Violet seas toss a sailing ship across the mural that is the stage’s backdrop, and all the while, wisps of clouds drift across the indigo ceiling as star lights twinkle.