Ancient singers had no microphones, which meant audiences were quieter, and bringing a pet howler monkey to a performance was twice as irritating. Hoot and holler all you want with today's GrouponLive deal to see April Smith and The Great Picture Show at the Bing Crosby Theater on Friday, October 7, at 8 p.m. The box office opens at 6 p.m., and the house opens at 7:30 p.m. Seats will be the best available in the orchestra or balcony. Choose between the following options:
Eclectically drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as 1930s singers and Queen, the peppy lyrics and buoyant melodies of April Smith and The Great Picture Show have courted televisions nationwide, appearing on the hit show Weeds and commercials for Chico's and the NFL. In the band's debut studio album, Songs for a Sinking Ship, singles such as Terrible Things and Colors tell sonic tales of universal emotions, from relationship fears to elation at finding a $5 bill on the street. With an array of instruments at the ready, the backing band bolsters frontwoman Smiths smoky vocals with lugubrious accordion, twinkling keyboard, and exuberant plucks of ukulele.
Built as a movie palace in 1915 to facilitate a monolithic pipe organ, the lavish Bing Crosby Theater invites visitors to soak in neoclassical touches such as the warm golden glow of its chandeliers and deep hues of the purple stage. The venue was originally titled The Clemmer Theatre, but has been the Bing Crosby Theater since 2006, resulting in its namesakes ghost haunting the wings every year by singing White Christmas on Halloween.
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