Being the lead singer of a famous band requires nerves of steel, a surplus of swagger, and the patience to endure Cleveland’s rambling, uncomfortably personal answer to “How you doin’ tonight, Cleveland?” Catch master showmen in their element with this GrouponLive deal.
- $17 for one ticket to see Adam Ant (up to a $40.25 value)
- When: Saturday, August 31, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Turner Hall Ballroom
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- Birth name: Stuart Leslie Goddard
- The name “Adam Ant” came from: the biblical first man and the tough insect
- Adam Ant is known for: being a Grammy-nominated new-wave icon; performing as the lead singer of Adam and the Ants and as a solo artist; his wild taste in face paint, rings, pirate jackets, and hair ribbons
- What Esquire said about him: “The last truly magnificent pop star that Britain ever produced”
- Latest recording: the upbeat, irreverent quasi-concept album Adam Ant is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter
- Who is the BlueBlack Hussar?: the persona associated with Adam Ant’s 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier
- “Marrying the gunner’s daughter”: old-timey naval slang for being flogged while tied to a ship’s cannon, with no mention of eating wedding cake
- What to expect during the concert: classics including “Goody Two Shoes”, “Prince Charming”, and “Stand and Deliver”, along with deep cuts and tracks from the new album<p>
Turner Hall Ballroom
Although Turner Hall Ballroom has built a reputation as an esteemed music venue, it was created for a different artistic medium. It opened in 1882 as a gallery for panoramic painters, who were part of the German art scene that flourished in Milwaukee at the time. The artists may be gone now, but their spirit lives on in the ballroom’s raw, bohemian aesthetic—weathered hardwood floors support brick columns that lead up to a ceiling covered with murals. This preserved rusticity, along with the building’s rich history and stockpile of mummies in the basement, has earned the venue designations of National Landmark, Historical Landmark, and a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places.<p>
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.