Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal to see Norman Brown, Euge Groove, Peter White, and Phil Perry at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. For $20, you get one ticket for seating in main-floor rows LL–MM or balcony rows BB–DD on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. (up to a $46.99 value, including ticketing fees).
With each concert, Grammy-winning smooth-jazz guitarist Norman Brown forges a fresh connection to his fans via an easy smile and mellow, slide-heavy guitar style. Brown conjures steamy passion with R & B melodies and ardent love with sweeping ballads, all with enough rock spirit to avoid the charge of sappiness—AllMusic.com notes that he "adds zest to even the most typical groove with a lightning fast style that jumps off the disc."
Né Eugene Grove, Euge Groove lives up to his adopted name with silky-smooth licks billowing from his trusty sax. English guitarist Peter White's Super Ace nylon-stringed guitar jams along with octave-hopping melodies that occasionally evoke sultry Latin dances. Phil Perry rounds out the night with honeyed vocals that inspire show-goers to snuggle up to sweethearts and invent pet names for the stranger in the next seat.
Built in 1909, the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre accompanies evenings of elegant music with an equally opulent interior. In addition to the auditorium's intricate gilding and luscious purple ceiling, the center's unique Egyptian room boasts high ceilings and mural-like hand-carved tableaus.
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.
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204