Musicians often cultivate a dynamic stage persona by filling their shows with multiple costume changes, elaborate choreography, and family-vacation slideshows. Feast your eyes and ears on a thrilling performance with this GrouponLive deal to see Walk Off the Earth at Bogart’s. For $14, you get one ticket for standing-room-only general admission on Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. (up to $27.27 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Although they’ve been making eclectic indie music and cleverly crafted videos of popular cover songs for their grassroots fan base since 2006, the rest of the world first met Walk Off the Earth on YouTube in 2012, when its take on Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” went from viral to epidemic. At first glimpse, the video is simply funny: five people huddled around one acoustic guitar, making it sound luscious and full as they simultaneously pluck, strum, and drum every note of the feel-sad song of the summer. Then members Gianni Luminati and Sarah Blackwood start singing, and the video becomes both funny and beautiful, much like Richard Pryor riding an arctic wolf. The “five peeps, one guitar” breakthrough garnered more than 127 million views, inspired Gotye himself to call the band “hilarious and brilliant,” got them signed to a major label, and introduced listeners to Walk Off the Earth’s catalog of whimsical and adventurous musicality.
Touring behind its Columbia Records debut EP, R.E.V.O, featuring the infectious, reggae-tinged single “Summer Vibe,” Walk Off the Earth abolishes frowns in a live show brimming with chemistry, sugarplum harmonies, and organic instrumentality. Making music out of whatever it can get its hands on––be it ukuleles, melodicas, glockenspiels, kazoos, and even duct tape––the band maximizes its minimalist acoustic sound in an energized set of original numbers and breezy reinventions of hits such as Adele’s “Somebody Like You,” Rage Against the Machine’s “People of the Sun,” and Rihanna’s “Man Down.”