Music is all around us—in the wind, the rain, and the weird sounds that children make. Listen to something that's actually been rehearsed with this GrouponLive deal to see Machine Gun Kelly at Congress Theater. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. (up to a $35.08 value). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Recently lauded as a Band to Watch by Rolling Stone, Machine Gun Kelly—the stage name of hip-hop artist Richard Baker—captivates audiences with his rapid-fire lyrics and electric performances that often see him crowdsurfing or dangling from the rafters inside of clubs. The 22-year old borrowed his moniker from Prohibition-era gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly because of his lightning-fast rapping style and tendency to call everything he drinks “hooch.” After a show at SXSW, he gained the attention and accolades of Sean Combs, who signed him to his Bad Boy Records label, recording and producing his EP, Half Naked & Almost Famous as well as his full-length studio debut, Lace Up. MGK, whose boyish looks belie a palpable edge that resulted from middle-school bullies and a childhood roaming the globe alongside his missionary parents, enraptures onlookers, whether it’s a crowd of 5 or 5,000. He bounces and struts across the stage with seemingly endless energy, his tattooed arms flailing as he spits tracks such as “Chip Off the Block” and “Lace Up.”
Fellow hip-hop artist Mickey Factz also brings his swagger to the stage during an opening set, inciting hip-shaking on songs from his 12 mixtapes and one studio album. B96’s Julian on the Radio hosts the extravaganza from inside the historic confines of the Congress Theater. A former movie palace built in 1927, the cavernous venue is registered as a Chicago Landmark, sheltering fans under an intricate, domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded.