Going to a concert is an opportunity to be around a lot of people and maybe finally collect all those signatures you need to start selling fresh meat in your front yard. Be a part of something big with this GrouponLive deal to see NeedToBreathe: The Reckoning Tour 2012 at Freeborn Hall at UC Davis. For $33, you get two tickets for general admission on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. (up to a $71.12 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
The passionate, catchy, and inspired tunes of South Carolina’s NeedToBreathe have allowed the Christian rock band to enjoy crossover success without being pigeonholed by fans of their secular peers. Since the release of their debut album, Daylight, in 2006, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and bassist Seth Bolt have been building a ladder to superstardom, sharing tours with the likes of Train, Collective Soul, and most recently, Taylor Swift. The broad appeal of NeedToBreathe’s alternative music comes from the hooky roots-rock melodies they play with soul and considerable crunch. Bear’s salt-of-the-earth vocals, sung with the sincerity of a Jimmy Stewart filibuster, confidently relay his honest, heartfelt lyrics, making hits such as “Girl Named Tennessee” and “Let Us Love” resonate deeply with fans.
Touring behind their latest album The Reckoning, which recently topped both the Christian and nondenominational rock charts, NeedToBreathe energizes audiences as they alternate between acoustic balladry and an electric attack––often within the same song. Philadelphia indie-folk trio Good Old War start the show with jangle pop reminiscent of early R.E.M. with sharper enunciation, and Alabama singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield stirs emotions with stripped-down ballads such as “First in Line” and “Better,” which were featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.