It’s often said that what matters is the singer, not the song, which is why music fans are still moved by Bing Crosby’s rendition of “99 Bottles of Beer.” Savor a voice that could sing the phone book with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $24, you get two general-admission tickets to see the Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at the Orpheum Theater on Monday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $67.36 value). Seating will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
Led by Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Johnson, the Big Band Experience melts hearts with warm, full-sounding numbers that evoke the swinging style of legends such as Frank Sinatra. Johnson's rising trajectory, which stretches back to childhood performances in a brother-sister a capella duo, includes a run with nationally recognized quartet Tonic Sol-fa, whose harmonic vocals have caressed the airwaves on The Today Show and PBS.
As Johnson conjures holiday-appropriate warmth by sailing smooth standards and balloons filled with eggnog into the audience, the crisp, brassy backing of the Big Band Experience buttresses each ballad and foot-tapping tune. Originally built in 1913 as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum Theater lures guests into its intimate hall with acoustics superb enough to preserve the most delicate tones and enough lush murals and carved wood to frame charity Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots tournaments with appropriate elegance.