Every music fan dreams of being called up onto the stage at a concert to sing alongside their favorite vocalist, and, in a carefree moment, lift their elbows in rhythm. Be free with this GrouponLive deal.
- One G-Pass to Men of Soul
- When: Sunday, September 29, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Saenger Theatre
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $40 for orchestra, rows AA–LL (up to an $84.35 value)
- $45 for orchestra, rows A–Z (up to an $89.45 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
How G-Pass Works:</b> Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.<p>
Men of Soul
- The men: Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson, and Howard Hewitt
- The sound: intimate yet innocent old school slow jams that popularized the “quiet storm” radio format
- Jeffrey Osborne’s prior occupation: frontman of L.T.D.
- Jeffrey Osborne songs that trump Valentine candies and flowers: “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song),” “Stay With Me Tonight”
- Peabo Bryson, according to the New York Times: “the Pavarotti of soul singers”
- Peabo Bryson duets that scored consecutive Academy Awards: “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” with Regina Belle
- Freddie Jackson’s full name: Frederick Jackson
- Freddie Jackson tracks that define the “sophisticated soul” invasion of the ’80s: “You Are My Lady,” “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love”
- Howard Hewitt’s previous gig: lead singer of Shalamar
- Howard Hewitt hits that make hearts flutter: “I’m For Real,” “Say Amen”<p>
When it first opened in 1927, the Saenger Theatre looked like a million bucks. Specifically, $2.5 million. It was a lavish investment at a time when $2.5 million wasn't chump change. Yet audiences could see where the money went, and sit in it too. The ads, which boasted "an acre of seats in a garden of Florentine splendor," didn't exaggerate—theatergoers were greeted by a stunning indoor replication of 15th century Italy, replete with a courtyard, gardens, and a cordial Donatello. Statues of Venus occupied pedestals, while a domed, twinkling ceiling gave joy to agoraphobic stargazers.
The venue suffered the same fate as much of its city in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina left its artificial Rome in ruins. But the public was unwilling to lose the storied space, and a 2013 restoration recently returned the Saenger to its former glory. Now looking like $52 million bucks, the Saenger sports the colors and finishes of the 1927 original, yet has been upgraded with some of the most technically advanced sound and lighting systems in the South.