At one time, radio was the most influential form of mass media in history, reaching a wider audience than newspapers and skywriters combined. Celebrate radio’s legacy with this GrouponLive deal to see WVON Presents Impact 50 Featuring Toni Braxton at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. For $68, you get a G-Pass for balcony seating (up to a $118.96 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.<p>
WVON has led the way in radio for 50 years, serving as a platform for African-American voices from Radio Hall of Famer Herb “The Cool Gent” Kent to civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson. These icons and more will be in attendance at this gala event, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross of Girlfriends fame and morning talk-show host Matt McGill. Also appearing are Reverend Al Sharpton, Roland Martin, a journalist whose work has been seen everywhere from BET and CNN to the Chicago Defender, and Kenny Williams, executive VP of the White Sox. Grammy-winner and R&B legend Toni Braxton will take the stage for a special performance, sharing her distinctive sultry vocals to pay tribute to the station’s historic presence.<p>
Toni Braxton sings “Unbreak My Heart” and “Yesterday” at New Wave 2010<p> <iframe width="450" height="243" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LI3qpONVgGA" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen="allowFullScreen"></iframe><p>
The Chicago Theatre
The beaming vertical letters of “C-H-I-C-A-G-O” ascend six stories high on a sign that seems to be the establishing shot for any movie set in the Windy City. Tourists and natives often stand outside snapping pictures of the marvelous marquee, where the biggest names in music, theater, and comedy are writ large under a miniature replica of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. The Parisian aesthetic continues inside The Chicago Theatre’s grand lobby, which recalls the Royal Chapel at Versailles with its gallery promenades. The staircase ascending to the Grand Balcony resembles that of the Paris Opera House, rounding out a French Baroque architecture that would cause Louis XIV to do a spit-take. Inside the seven-story high 3,600-seat auditorium, terra-cotta tiles, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious drapes give audiences visual overtures before every show.
As vital to Chicago as hot dogs and mustard fire hoses, The Chicago Theatre was America’s first munificent movie palace upon its 1921 unveiling, where it was declared “The Wonder Theatre of the World.” Beyond its silver screenings, the theater became a beacon for live entertainment, as artists such as John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman filled its first 40 years with oompah and swing. After a multimillion dollar restoration in 1986, the landmark venue remains the heart of art in the city, attracting the world’s most popular entertainers to its stage almost every evening of the year.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon’s mobile app.