Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. For $20, you get one ticket for seating on the main floor, rows AA–MM, on Sunday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $52 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lyle Lovett has always been considered a peculiar fellow in the country-music scene. This lanky Texan, with his big curly hair and surly grimace, sure didn’t look like a typical country singer, but his eponymous debut record suggested otherwise, with its steely guitars, speedy fiddles, and soft Southern drawl coalescing into one of Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the Eighties. Although he would later win four Grammys in country music, his follow-up albums increasingly borrowed more and more from blues and big-band jazz, making his style harder to pin down than a pile of paper-bag puppets under a ceiling fan. Lovett's entire catalog of songs takes listeners through the full spectrum of emotions, from the painfully honest heartbreaker “She’s Already Made Up Her Mind" to the tongue-in-cheek “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife).” While somehow maintaining his down-to-earth appeal, his lyrics sometimes venture into strange, darker themes, such as the sensitivity of penguins ("Penguins"), hungry preachers that feast on doves ("Church"), and his Uncle Leon who lives in a closet ("Creeps Like Me"). His impressive versatility allows him to strike a very different chord in anthems such as “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas),” which instigates statewide swing dances and makes the spirit of Bob Wills soar.
While on tour with the Acoustic Group, made up of pros from his prized Large Band, Lovett puts a punctuation mark on his 26 years with Curb Records in support of his latest album, Release Me. Lyle’s gilded croon and ageless song choices reverberate through the Gilded Age opulence of the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, which has an early 20th-century design that has made it an appetizing mecca for culture vultures.
Old National Centre
Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis’s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.