Country musicians often sing about persevering through hard times, whether growing up poor, tussling in bars, or fighting society's bias against wearing ten-gallon hats to the movies. Savor the sweet sounds of tough luck with this GrouponLive deal to Country Throwdown, featuring Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Josh Thompson, at DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston. For $45, you get two tickets for reserved covered seating in the double-lettered section of the pavilion on Friday, June 1, at 3 p.m. (up to a $91.50 value, including all fees).
For the third year in a row, Country Throwdown stampedes into wide-open outdoor venues with a dream team of current and future country-music superstars. With 7 million records sold and a stable of Top 10 hits, rowdy honky-tonk wrangler Gary Allan headlines the festival with raucous energy. Firing off wildly popular cuts such as “Tough Little Boys” and “Get Off the Pain,” Allan performs with outlaw swagger and a voice as deep and rugged as Sam Elliott’s wallet. Rodney Atkins, known for monster-truck anthems including “Watching You” and “Cleaning This Gun,” exudes an everyguy grin that could charm the britches off a clothesline. Rising stars and harmonic raconteurs Corey Smith, Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney, and Eric Paslay fill up the Throwdown’s two main stages. Meanwhile, a crop of acoustic singer-songwriters occupies the Bluebird Café Tent in intimate sets throughout the day.