The thrill of seeing one's favorite musicians in concert often alleviates the stress of modern life and the sweaty delirium from contracting Beatlemania. Enjoy an aural antidote with today's GrouponLive deal: for $19, you get one reserved ticket to see Toad the Wet Sprocket at State Theatre in New Brunswick on Friday, January 6, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is located in the midbalcony or midorchestra. There is no elevator to the balcony seating, so patrons must walk up the stairs.
Brandishing the shimmering guitars, windswept harmonies, and barefoot melodies that brought them multiplatinum success, Toad the Wet Sprocket illuminates the historic State Theatre with its enchanting coterie of sun-kissed, chart-topping folk pop. With runaway hits such as “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” the group ruled early ‘90s alternative-rock radio with a Nerf fist, winning devoted legions of fans and spurning bobsledding invites from Soul Asylum. The recouped collective recently hatched a greatest hits collection, All You Want, and has a new album of aural valentines in the works. Unlike most reunited bands, all four of the original musicians are in tow and in top form, shaming other ‘90s reunions such as Hootie and a Blowfish or C+C Music Depot.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901