Rock 'n' roll is one of two jobs in which you are encouraged to set your tools on fire when you're done with them—the other, of course, is dentistry. Hear hot licks with this GrouponLive deal to see Steve Vai at the House of Blues Chicago. For $50, you get a concert package for two on Friday, September 28, at 8:30 p.m. (a $144.20 total value). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The package includes the following:
- General admission for two (up to a $52.10 value each, including fees).
- Access to the Foundation Room (a $40 value)
Wearing his trademark rectangular sunglasses with colored lenses, Steve Vai stands at center stage, six-stringed Ibanez in hand. He fingerpicks his ax, then taps on a pedal that transforms its natural sound into a spacey wail akin to a theremin. Light bends during the solo. His emotional intensity waxes and wanes.
In concert, Vai appeases serious fans with more than 20 gems from his eight-album catalog, whether it be the synth-heavy “Whispering a Prayer” or “Velorum,” a metal ballad packed with hypnotic harmonies from his latest release, The Story of Light. In addition to his standard set, he often puts an audience member on the spot, asking them to write an original tune and recite the alphabet backwards during a segment called Build Me a Song. Songstress Beverly McClellan, best known for her throaty rendition of Janis Joplin's “Piece of My Heart” on NBC's The Voice, preps audiences for the guitar acrobatics with an opening set. She reappears later in the night to sing lead on Vai’s funk-tinged stomper “John the Revelator.”
Throughout and after the performance, guests enjoy the amenities of the exclusive Foundation Room, which houses a dining room decorated with 19th-century French mahogany, Oriental carpets, and memorabilia from the Anheuser-Busch mansion. Groupon holders can also order from the Foundation Room's menu of contemporary American food infused with Pacific Rim touches (food not included with this Groupon).