Playing the saxophone makes anyone look intrinsically cool, unless it’s a dad crashing his kid’s sousaphones-only slumber party. Don’t get embarrassed with this GrouponLive deal to see Boney James at The Louisville Palace. For $20, you get one ticket for orchestra level two or lower-balcony seating on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. (up to a $41.50 value, including all ticketing fees).
Multi-platinum saxophonist Boney James is not solely a smooth jazz artist. In fact, he continually shirks the label of “jazz,” despite his Soul Train Award for best jazz album and his habit of landing atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts. With three Grammy nominations in the pop and R&B field, Boney’s genre-spanning music reaches a wild variety of ears and incites categorization-related panic in record store clerks. Touring behind his latest album Contact, a collection of soulful numbers inspired by Quincy Jones and featuring the No. 1 single “Spin,” Boney impresses as one exhalation unleashes a stream of butterfly notes while a push of the pinky pops manhole covers with sultry steam. Buttressed by a handcuff-tight back-up band, Boney’s boisterous live performance takes fans on a euphonic voyage akin to riding a limo on rollercoaster tracks.
The Louisville Palace
Audiences enjoy cultural euphony amid the Spanish baroque themes of The Louisville Palace. In the lobby, a vaulted ceiling sculpted with historical faces looms above columns swirling with flashes of cobalt and crimson. Once inside, patrons can marvel at the deep-scarlet proscenium or gaze at the simulated night sky above.