Music and dance have been central to cultures throughout history, from the ceremonial drumming of tribal Africa to the modest whistling and corncob-tapping assemblies of the Pilgrims. Carry on ancient traditions with this GrouponLive deal to see Michael Franti & Spearhead and Fitz & The Tantrums at Taste of Chicago, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park on Friday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one ticket for guaranteed general-admission seating.
- For $25, you get one ticket for guaranteed accessible seating.
At this year's Taste of Chicago, fans can get close to the music with tickets for the Petrillo Music Shell seating area offered exclusively through Groupon. Michael Franti & Spearhead and Fitz & The Tantrums have taken two different paths to equally dance-floor-filling sounds. Singer, poet, and guitarist Michael Franti broke onto the scene with boundary-pushing experiments in industrial music, jazz, and hip-hop before channeling his heightened social consciousness into a sunnier style. With a six-piece band including vocalist Jolene Rust and Nigerian-trained drummer Manas Itiene, he conducts a peace train that rolls on deep grooves of reggae, rap, folk, and soul. The band's most recent album, The Sound of Sunshine, has global inspiration built right into its DNA: many of the acoustic-based tracks were variously written in Bali, recorded in arena locker rooms in Canada, or produced in Jamaica, influences that spill out in their onstage instrumentation.
LA’s Fitz & The Tantrums arrived at jams such as “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” and “MoneyGrabber” by sticking close to a past preserved by crates of Motown, Stax, and Northern soul records. In the time it takes most bands to decide what to paint on the kick drum, they've hopped atop Billboard’s Heatseekers chart with their debut studio album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. The sextet transport the record's infectious organ, saxophone, and vocal harmonies directly to live sets, which add tambourine-shaking jolts of energy and slick '60s outfits to the mix.
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