Great performers can project warmth and charm to the back rows without using cannons full of teddy bears with Frank Sinatra's face. Catch real stage presence with this GrouponLive deal to see Kelly Clarkson and The Fray at the Independence Events Center. For $41, you get one G-Pass for seating in floor sections 7 and 8 on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. (up to an $82.45 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
This summer marks 10 years since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the winner of the first season of American Idol. Since then, she's put out four albums and racked up four Grammys, two AMAs, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an annual birthday card from every grandmother in North America. Entertainment Weekly placed her on its list of 30 Greatest Music Artists Right Now not only for her pop prowess but because "she makes her own rules," branching out into country sounds and serving as a guest mentor on The Voice. Her voice slashes and soars through her anthemic breakout-breakup hit "Since U Been Gone," and the resilience and maturity gained from a decade in the sometimes-harsh public eye peek through her recent chart-topper "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."
Touring with Kelly is The Fray, whose sincere songs have soundtracked shows that include Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. The smash hit "How to Save a Life" was inspired by vocalist Isaac Slade's mentorship of a drug-addicted teen. Even after several years, hundreds of performances, and thousands of hours of airplay, the song still holds special significance to the Denver quartet's fans. As Slade explains, "It is the easiest one for me to sing every night. I constantly get emails from people who relate to it." According to Billboard, The Fray brings that same "earnest lyricism" and "lush, anthemic ambience" to its third full-length album, Scars & Stories, yet the band also balances it with a raw burst of hard rock, earthy road-trip Americana and a slight Celtic tinge at the close.
Stockholm-bred, LA-based Carolina Liar rounds out the bill of pop-rockers. Peppy tracks such as "I'm Not Over" have deepened the dramatic dialogue on several teen television programs. On record, legendary producer Max Martin puts a final sheen on a sound Rolling Stone describes as a blend of "the Killers' new New Wave, U2's knack for anthems and the bubblegum pop productions of Martin."
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.