Live music has the power to evoke nostalgia, kick start a line dance, and—when infused with swooping strings—convince a man to coach a ragtag group of peewee hockey players. Treat ears to persuasive melodies with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get two general-admission tickets (a $90 value) to see The Landsharks Band on Friday, August 19 or Saturday, August 20, as well as a $20 credit to use toward dinner at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria (a $110 total value). The kitchen begins serving at 6:30 p.m., and the concert commences at 8 p.m.
The Landsharks Band’s eclectic repertoire of cover songs spans innumerable genres and has landed them coveted gigs overseas, at Walt Disney World, and commandeering the stage at a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe. Swivel hips within The Carlyle Club’s elegantly palm-lined walls as the jovial seven-member outfit churns out a festive aural feast and melodic popsicle-stick jokes. Intimate seating just 25 feet from the stage ensures each concert-goer panoramic views of the performers while allowing performers to easily determine which audience member has the flashiest snake tattoo.
Today’s Groupon also grants guests $20 toward anything on The Carlyle’s delectable dinner menu, chock-full of upscale American cuisine and succulent cuts of steak, lamb, and salmon. Fix forks into a piping portion of roasted portobello drizzled in a robust red-wine reduction ($19), or apply the gauzy glow of tiny table lamps across plates of mini crab cakes ($10) and fried mozzarella ($7) when interrogating the appetizers for the chef’s top-secret recipes.
The Carlyle Club
An old-fashioned ambiance reigns in The Carlyle Club, expressed in an art-deco design scheme, frequent visits from respected jazz musicians, and guests’ predilections for saying “horse feathers.” Tall palm fronds back cushy leather booths and elegant marble tables loiter near the bar, all within sight of the intimate, blue-curtained stage. A bow-tied wait staff completes the back-in-time vibe, as do vintage posters and the intricately patterned wallpaper.