While scientists say that groups of people spontaneously singing and dancing is a natural part of puberty and/or Labor Day, most non-scientists would rather witness it in a concert setting. Listen to live music without worrying about whether you have to join the tap-dancing hordes with today's Groupon: for $18, you get one VIP ticket to the Grand Rapids Symphony's "Rockapella Goes Retro: '60s/'70s Hits" concert (up to a $66 value), which takes place at DeVos Performance Hall. Choose from three shows:
- Friday, October 8, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, October 9, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, October 10, at 3 p.m.
Best known for performing the infectious theme song to PBS's Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, vocal quintet Rockapella has performed high-energy pop and R & B since 1986. For this show, they'll be laying down the smooth grooves and catchy melodies of '60s and '70s hits, performing tunes such as "Here Comes the Sun," "Rock the Boat," and "Under the Boardwalk." With this deal, you'll get a VIP pass, which puts you in the best available seats in Section 2 or 3, so close to the stage that you'll be able to taste every crisp finger-snap and smell each hummed harmony. Though some songs will be performed a cappella by the group, they'll be accompanied by the Grand Rapids Symphony, led by acclaimed conductor David Lockington, on other songs, ensuring the performance will be replete with sensuous violins, bouncy percussion, and rock-star brass instrumentalists setting their tubas on fire.
With refurbished theater seats, a restored lobby, and a gorgeous scrolling marquee, the DeVos Performance Hall is a worthy destination in and of itself. Before stepping into the Hall, consider quenching your thirst for a beverage at the cash bar before Rockapella quenches your hunger for delicious vocal acrobatics. Practice your do-re-mis in the shower and on the witness stand and sing along to Rockapella.
Valid for date of purchase only. Arrive 30–60 minutes prior to the show to exchange Groupon for ticket at Will Call.
David Lockington and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra were recently nominated for a Grammy for Classical Crossover Album, and Lockington was featured in Grand Rapids Magazine. "Rockapella Goes Retro" was previously featured in Houston's Montgomery County Courier. Rockapella has a 4.7-star average from Ticketmaster reviewers and can be seen here performing their most famous song, "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?":
- Stability and consistency help create a connection between a symphony and the community, and Lockington and the orchestra’s musicians have encouraged this relationship with a variety of community outreach and educational programs. – Jackie Zimmermann, Grand Rapids Magazine
- First time seeing Rockapella in concert. What an AMAZING show. Not only did they sing so sweetly, but they entertained the audience. Each man on stage enjoyed what he was doing and it showed. – 1Krys3, Ticketmaster