Rock concerts feature pyrotechnics more often than aquatechnics, mostly due to the danger of electrocution and the water solubility of drummers. Stay abreast of modern stage strategies with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a lower-orchestra ticket to Spirit of the King, starring Steve Connolly at the Back Bay Events Center on Saturday, January 7, at 8 p.m. (a $35 value). Tickets may be redeemed at 6 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.
Swiveling his hips in more than 4,000 live performances on the Las Vegas strip and earning the title Best of Las Vegas 2006 and 2007, Steve Connolly honors the king of rock 'n' roll with a singing and karate-chopping tribute. Connolly channels Presley’s timeless melodies via ouija board, bringing them to life in the acoustically refined 1,100-seat John Hancock Hall.
Backed by a live band and harmony vocalists, performances divulge Elvis’s musical history by exploring the tunes, costumes, and more than 300 different lip-curls from the artist’s three-decade career. Spanning the decades from his zoot suits and slicked-back hair in the '50s to his sequin-emblazoned jumpsuits in the '70s, spectators relive each multiplatinum hit, including a seated re-creation of the ’68 comeback special.
Viva Bene Ristorante
Viva Bene Ristorante’s culinary gurus combine fresh ingredients with classic techniques to create an extensive menu of artful Italian, Mediterranean, and seafood dishes. In the dining room, servers set plates of grilled calamari and chicken capicola atop white-clothed tables. Wall sconces illuminate paintings that depict sailboats and Italian countrysides as idyllic as puppies barking at mountains. A rustic, expansive island bar lit by low-hanging pendant lamps surrounds gleaming bottles, which watch over patrons as they check email on Viva Bene's free WiFi.