Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see Tara Oram as part of the Welland Recreational Waterway Arts and Culture Series at Welland Amphitheatre on Friday, August 31, at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $36, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $73.90 value, including all fees).
- For $64, you get four tickets for general admission (up to a $147.80 value, including all fees).
In the final concert of IlluminAqua's sixth season, rising Canadian country-music star Tara Oram bounces her wholesome voice off the stone-stepped curvature of the Welland Amphitheatre. On a floating stage ringed with floating fire pods to add an otherworldly calm and outline the landing zone for extraterrestrial audiences, the Newfoundland native delves into the pop-country material heard on her first two albums. Though she grew up singing in church and was first signed to a record label at age 16, Tara’s big break came after she competed on 2007's season of Canadian Idol. She followed her television appearance with debut album Chasing the Sun, a Juno nomination, and the CCMA's Rising Star award. In "1929," a single from her latest album, Revival, she fends off stormy economic clouds with little more than a red dress and some sass. Tara shows off her broad vocal range in "Kiss Me When I Fall," a powerful ballad about breaking workplace policies during corporate trust-fall exercises.
Serena Pryne & The Mandevilles warms up the 700-seat amphitheatre with the soulful, honest vocals of their frontwoman and a collection of electric blankets. The Welland natives perform their signature brand of bluesy rock 'n' roll that drives the deep guitar riffage of "Into the Wind," a track from this year's album, Goodnight Golden Sun.