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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Earth, Wind & Fire

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Thats an awesome hat Wind is sporting
  • That's an awesome hat Wind is sporting

Earth, Wind & Fire, the pop-soul group drummer Maurice White and his bass-playing brother Verdine founded in Los Angeles in 1970, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 17, joining Bob Crewe, Jackie DeShannon, and Diane Warren. Membership in this virtual museum is fitting for a group that soldiers on decades after it notched hits like “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” and a fabulous cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life.” Like contemporaries Chicago and the Eagles, EW&F can muster a thoroughly professional show; unlike Chicago and the Eagles, it’s a visually engaging show. The hits are sturdy too, which helps explain EW&F’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Another reason: EW&F’s pioneering incorporation of African themes and sounds. While the group continues to showcase the astonishing, multi-octave singer Philip Bailey, Maurice White no longer tours with the band (he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the mid-’90s). Still, the group connects with its anthemic, positive music, the sharpness of its horn section, and a heritage spanning White’s extensive jazz roots. Earth, Wind & Fire play Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $27.50 to $69.50. —Carlo Wolff

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