Music conjures a wide range of emotions, from love to heartache to regret over eating your record collection. Feel the music with this GrouponLive deal to see Chris Isaak with Shawn Colvin at Maryhill Winery & Amphitheatre in Goldendale. For $25, you get one ticket for the general-admission lawn area on Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. (a $51.60 value, including all fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Most people recognize Chris Isaak from his 1989 hit "Wicked Game," an ode to the pitfalls of love that swells with his signature falsetto and moody guitar chords. But the longtime troubadour is anything but a one-hit wonder—he has amassed 13 albums over his career, making a name for himself through his seamless blend of rockabilly, surf rock, and roots music. His latest release, Beyond the Sun, finds the singer retracing his steps from California back to Memphis to pay tribute to the musicians who influenced his sound. A love letter to Sun Studios, the seminal Memphis recording studio founded by Sam Phillips, the album teems with lovingly crooned tunes by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, all performed with a dash of Isaak's own flair. "These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it," he muses on his website. "There's no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you've gotta give a little bit of your own take on it."
During their live shows, Isaak and his crack backing band play with the effortlessness of old friends, often breaking out into choreographed shimmies and duck walks on upbeat songs such as "Great Balls of Fire" and "Miss Pearl." Isaak has a jovial and quick-witted relationship with the crowd, often bantering with them as the shifting stage lights glint off his mirrored suit and settle into his signature pompadour for a quick nap.
Joining Isaak is Shawn Colvin, the three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter best known for her 1997 hit "Sunny Came Home." In addition to penning her own tunes that brim with themes of loss, love, and sensuality, Colvin has lent her smoky pipes to Suzanne Vega's 1987 song "Luka" and Mary Chapin Carpenter's 1992 recording "Come On Come On." Celebrating her most recent album, All Fall Down, she gracefully commands the stage with vocal husk during mystical narratives such as the title track and "The Neon Light of the Saints."
Maryhill Winery & Amphitheatre
Situated along the famed Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Winery & Amphitheatre beckons visitors to its picturesque, historic grounds that Wine Press Northwest crowned 2009 Washington Winery of the Year. As guests sample the winery's libations in the tasting room, concertgoers can head to the amphitheater to catch some of their favorite musicians playing alongside a giant raisin wailing on the saxophone.