Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with today’s GrouponLive deal to see night one of Love Affair at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, presented by Hot 92.3 and featuring The Impressions, Bloodstone, and Eddie Holman. For $20, you get one ticket for loge seating in section 16–23 on Friday, February 10, at 8:15 p.m. (a $47.35 value, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Hot 92.3 escorts vintage jams from the airwaves to the stage during its 11th annual Love Affair. After exchanging smooches, cards, and wet willies with their valentines, concertgoers can drop into the Friday-night show, where some of R & B's top trailblazers kick-start the steamy two-night stand with soulful tunes. Standard-setters The Impressions, who helped launch the careers of legends Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, headline the evening, tickling ears with lofty melodies from such chart-topping hits as "People Get Ready" and "It's All Right." Equipped with a falsetto that climbs higher than a monkey strapped into a jetpack, Eddie Holman seizes the spotlight with his 1970s lovelorn lilt "Hey There Lonely Girl." Also on the bill for night one will be Bloodstone, whose funky fusion of infectious riffs and doo-wopped vocals let listeners sample an earful of the 1980s.
One of California’s largest and most renowned venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its stellar reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by corralling sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage, granting visitors easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system, meanwhile, allows event goers to rock out to dynamic tunes or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.