Pink Martini

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In a Nutshell

Magnetic chanteuse Storm Large leads a suave “little orchestra” in performing jazzy arrangements of songs from around the world

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 5, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting 4/27/15 for a ticket at PPAC box office, or at The VETS venue will call on day of show; advance redemption recommended. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects The VETS's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $33 for one ticket to see Pink Martini (up to $55.50 value)
  • When: Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Vets
  • Seating: first balcony
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart.

Pink Martini

  • How the band sums up its sound: “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, we’d be it.”
  • Size of the band: big for a pop band, little for an orchestra (and including up to 12 members at a time)
  • Size of the lead singer’s stage presence: Large—Storm Large, that is, who could’ve been plucked from the stage of the swankiest nightclub of just about any of the past seven or eight decades
  • Size of the band’s repertoire: enormous, spanning classical, jazz, standards, and pop from all over the world
  • Origin story: While working in politics in the ’90s, pianist Thomas Lauderdale found himself appalled at the low quality of music played at fundraisers—and set out to create an ensemble whose appeal would transcend party lines.
  • A few famous collaborators: Rufus Wainwright, Carol Channing, the original cast of Sesame Street, and the von Trapps (actual descendants of the Captain and Maria), with whom they just released the album Dream a Little Dream

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Veterans Memorial Auditorium—The Vets to its friends—is a poster child for patience paying off. Conceived by the Rhode Island Freemasons in the 1920s, the theater was well on its way to completion when the Great Depression ground construction to a halt in 1929. It wasn't until the closing years of World War II that the community banded together to finish the 1,900-seat complex. The theater finally opened in 1950, and in the 60+ years since has seen such greats as Pavarotti, Nureyev, and Tony Bennett play its massive proscenium stage.

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