Earth Wind & Fire

03/25/18 07:00PM - 10:00PM

Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the world top-selling musical groups of all-time was born in Chicago in 1969.  With  a  signature  sound  beyond  category  and  a  groove  as  deep  as  the  soul  of  the  planet,  the  band’s legendary journey has set the standard for music of all genres and made a profound and lasting impact on popular culture.


One  of  the  most  important,  innovative,  and  commercially  invincible  contemporary  forces  of  the  20th century, Earth, Wind & Fire has released 23 albums.  They have recorded eight #1 R&B singles and eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop Albums. EWF has earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and sold over  100  million  albums  worldwide,  earning  them  a  solid  spot  as  one  of  best selling  music  artists of all-time. Earth, Wind & Fire's career achievements and influences have impacted music history. They have been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000) and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science (NARAS)  bestowed  its  highest  honor,  the  Grammy  Lifetime  Achievement  Award  in  2016,  totaling  nine Grammy  Awards  for  the  group.     The ensemble has also earned Lifetime Achievement honors from ASCAP, NAACP, and the BET Awards.  


Many  contemporary  superstar  artists  --including  Kanye  West,  Usher,  Beyoncé,  Prince,  Kendrick  Lamar and Chance the Rapper —are self-proclaimed Earth, Wind & Fire fans.   Alicia Keys has said that EWF " the best band ever" while Mary J. Blige showed her love for the band in her own version of the band's hit "Imagination." ́ The Black Eyed Peas took the stage with EWF for a performance at the XXIX Super Bowl, and again when opening the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.


The worldwide EWF fanbase also extends to  include  heads-of-state.  President  Bill  Clinton  invited  the group to the White House in 2000 as special guests at a State dinner and, in February 2009, President Barack  Obama  invited  Earth,  Wind  &  Fire  to  perform  in  the  East  Room  at  the  White  House  for  the  first social  event  of  the  his  administration  and  declaring  in  an  interview  with  Rolling  Stone  that  EWF  was  a "rhythm and blues and pop staple” for him.


In  2016,  the  powerful  and  substantial  memoir  by  EWF’s  founder  and  creative  force,  Maurice  White  was release posthumously.   The work chronicles his personal journey and the band’s legendary rise to the top of music history.  April  of  2014,  lead  singer  Philip  Bailey  released  his  memoir SHINING  STAR:  Braving  the  Elements  of Earth, Wind & Fire. Shining Star. Three  of  the  group's  principle  members--Philip  Bailey,  Verdine  White  and  Ralph  Johnson--have  each earned  honorary  doctorate  degrees  from  the  Columbia  College  in  Chicago.  Philip  Bailey  and  founder Maurice White each earned a doctorate degree at Berklee College of Music.

For more info & tickets:

Location: Peoria River Front Association