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Today’s Groupon gives music fans 30,000 square feet of interactive musical multimedia to discover using the human senses. Get a one-year headliner membership for two adults and up to four youth-type people (ages 6–17) at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live for $50 (a $125 value). It’s a great way to get a hands-on music history lesson while getting your hands on a music history lesson.
The GRAMMY Museum, located in the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex downtown, has multiple floors of interactive musical history. On the second floor, you’ll get exclusive backstage insight on the 50th-anniversary GRAMMY Awards and see rotating special exhibits. On the third floor, you’ll learn the behind-the-scenes art and technology of the recording process as you sit behind a sound deck and try mixing a track yourself. On the fourth, you’ll be introduced to nearly 150 musical genres as you follow their evolution and influences. And there’s always a new special exhibit to check out. This week, you can admire the punk and garage photography of Moshe Brakha, add some boom to the room with a Roland Live, and, starting on October 27, explore the wardrobe of an obscure 20th-century performer named Michael Jackson.
It’s impossible to see, hear, touch, and taste all of the GRAMMY Museum in one day, but a yearlong membership allows you to catch every movie, gawk at every one of the 400 rare rock-star artifacts, and check out every special exhibit at a leisurely pace. Plus you get the kind of perks that Branford Marsalis would envy:
- a year of free admission for two adults and up to four youths (6–17)
- four one-time guest passes
- preferred ticketing and 72-hour advance notice for all museum-hosted programs, events, and performances
- invitations to members-only event and previews
- 10% off everything in the gift shop
- the museum’s e-zine, On The Record
- a commemorative art piece
- deals on area hotels, restaurants, and more
Note: You have two weeks to activate your one-year membership.
The GRAMMY Museum has rave reviews from Variety, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Associated Press: > * …an elaborate array of eye candy, ear massage and interactive high-tech touting every imaginable stripe of music. – Edna Gundersen, USA Today > * The Grammy Museum is more than just a glorified Hard Rock Cafe-style collection of music memorabilia. The $34 million facility boasts three floors of exhibit space filled with artifacts, sound stations and interactive, video-driven elements that invite deep exploration of how music is created, recorded and consumed. – Sandy Cohen, Associated Press > * Grammy Museum officials are pegging the venue as a 21st century museum, heavy on educational and interactive displays. Artifacts are used to enhance a story – a significant difference from other music-centric museums. – Phil Gallo, Variety
Backstage Demands of the Musically Famous
Many award-winning musical acts have clauses in their contracts that guarantee certain backstage extravagances. Here are the most common demands that big-name musicians make:
- 15 Segway scooters for pre-show Segway Olympics
- elaborate domino set-up that spells out band’s name
- band members’ moms and dads, or age-appropriate actors, to tell them how proud they are
- on-site psychologists to determine if crowd is actually “ready to rock”
- magical, talent-granting amulets
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The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE The GRAMMY Museum aims to immerse guests in a historic and melodic experience with four floors devoted to American music. The 30,000-square-foot museum celebrates the American musical tradition with concerts, lectures, and exhibits on genres ranging from classical and jazz to rock and hip-hop. In the interactive exhibit space, visitors can peer into musical time capsules with stage outfits that once belonged to Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and more.
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