- One G-Pass to see WAR and Average White Band
- When: Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $30 for seating in the side orchestra section, rows P–Z, or the center orchestra section, rows W–Z (up to $59.95 value)
- $25 for seating in the lower balcony section, rows J–P (up to $49 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
WAR and Average White Band
- WAR's strongest weapons: instruments and voices
- Ammo: funky, peace-loving songs
- Original founder: Eric Burdon of The Animals fame
- WAR songs that typically play during television shows, movies, or tender moments of real-life reconciliation: "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Spill the Wine"
- WAR song that kick-starts Up in Smoke: "Low Rider"
- What most people don't realize about Average White Band: they're Scottish
- What they did that no other Scottish band did in the '70s: had a string of funk and disco hits
- Their sound: a fat blast of groove, horns, and energy that harkens to Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Donny Hathaway
- Their ham-shaking signature instrumental hit: "Pick Up the Pieces"
- Acts that have sampled their grooves: Beastie Boys, TLC, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ice Cube
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre closed in 1989 and reopened its doors in 2001 after city funds helped 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee. But its most notable feature is the 2,200-pound chandelier, which gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been re-created from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.