Socrates saw a direct correlation between changes in music and changes in law, a theory validated by Parliament's recent push to censure a cappella filibusters. Stay sonically on point with this GrouponLive deal to see Peter Elkas at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (a $50 value).
Singer-songwriter Peter Elkas emerged from his 1990s renown as a member of guitar-pop wunderkinds Local Rabbits into a solo career that reaches back into the dusty crates of early doo-wop and soul, laced with a handful of classic Springsteen albums. Conceived partly during his second job as the owner of a dog-walking business and recorded mainly in the basement of his Toronto home with Ian McGettigan, his third studio album, Repeat Offender, won praise from Now Toronto for its "easy blue-eyed soul with nostalgic hooks, sepia-stained backup vocals and horns." Piano, organs, harmonica, and guitar jangle surface amidst the mellow grooves, led by straightforward lyrics about the complications of love. Velour drapes brush the walls of the NAC Fourth Stage's just-renovated black-box space, illuminated by tabletop candles that add a multisensory dimension to Elkas' warm sound and can be readily waved by fans who forgot their lighters.
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