Much like live wires, bands performing live possess a crackling electrical energy and should not be licked. Enjoy aural shocks with today's GrouponLive deal: for $17, you get one general-admission lawn ticket to see Guster and Jack's Mannequin at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on Friday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. (a $25 value before fees, or up to a $34 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Touring in support of their newest album Easy Wonderful, alt-rock darling Guster enraptures eardrums with catchy tunes, offbeat humor, and layered vocal harmonies. Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller meld vocal virtuosity with guitar-playing prowess, combining their musical ministration with Brian Rosenworcel's multifaceted percussion and Luke Reynolds' keyboard. With such popular songs as "Do You Love Me" and "Amsterdam," Guster charms ears with the facility of a puppy wearing a bow tie. Concertgoers get a double helping of euphonic entertainment, with piano-centered outfit Jack's Mannequin adding its shimmering sound to the evening's aural brews.
Guests take in sense-pleasing sound waves outdoors at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte, surrounded by the soft hums of nature and the whirring of feral, animatronic animals desperately trying to fit in. Lawn-chair policies vary from artist to artist, so fans should call ahead before the concert, though blankets are welcome.