Reaching toward a rock star is a popular way to let them know that, unlike most fans, you appreciate both their musical work and their supple hand skin. Raise the roof with today's GrouponLive deal: for $55, you get two general-admission tickets to see Rock the Countdown, featuring Vertical Horizon, at The William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center on Saturday, December 31, at 9 p.m. (a $117 value, including all fees). Doors open at 8 p.m.
The all-ages Rock the Countdown concert series ushers in 2012 on a stage that becomes a magnet for fist pumps and uproarious applause during sets by nationally renowned tunesmiths. Riff wizards Vertical Horizon headline the ear-rattling bill of performers, inciting crowd-wide sing-alongs with international hits such as "You're a God," "Everything You Want," and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)." Punk rockers Alien Ant Farm, meanwhile, discharge an equally energetic set of chart-topping tunes, including a clamorous cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," which earned the band rampant praise for its powerful guitar work and complete disdain for walking forward.
Continuing the aural assault, Hawthorne Heights belts out a catalog of emotion-packed mantras, and Alaska natives Static Cycle return to their roots with infectious, melodic rockage. Fire jugglers add some spice to the night’s festivities before the countdown to midnight, when a balloon drop signals boisterous cheers, New Year's kisses, and record-shattering times for broken resolutions. Although not included with today's Groupon, a beer garden will be open to of-age attendees.