By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Earth, Wind and Fire unless indicated.)
“Earth, Wind & Fire” appeared at the Venetian Resort celebrating the release of their newest CD “Now, Then and Forever,” their first in 10 years.
Adding to the festivities, the Home Shopping Network was broadcasting one hour of their 90-minute performance on television.
During the evening, founding members Verdine White, Ralph Johnson and Phil Bailey performed some of their classic hits as well as tracks from the new CD.
Few performers have reached the heights of Earth, Wind & Fire with their continued popularity for more than four decades.
Experiencing these three talented musicians and singers perform together was memorable.
Members of the band jumped and danced while they played their instruments.
You may even describe this event as “a party.”
Earth, Wind & Fire techniques individualize their music. Very few performers rise to the heights of Earth, Wind & Fire.
There were certain popular songs the fans expected Earth, Wind & Fire to perform and the audience showed their appreciation when they did.
Also known as EWF, the band brought a different blend of jazz, soul and R&B to the stage.
When you look back on the music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, EWF stands out.
EWF’s songs express so much emotion, their jubilant mood lifts the spirits and takes the audience on a musical ride.
The audience does not just listen, they are encouraged to dance.
Earth, Wind & Fire’s songs express so much emotion, their jubilant mood lifts our spirits and takes us on a musical ride!
The name of the band referred to Maurice White’s astrological chart. White wanted to express his spiritual approach to music and felt music should transcend all categories for a universal appeal.
“Earth Wind & Fire” founding members Bassist Verdine White, singer and percussionist Ralph Johnson and singer Phillip Bailey promoted their newest CD “Now, Then & Forever.” The CD is a transition of classic hits, recent numbers and a look to the future all with their special sound.
The Venetian Resort presents a line-up of entertainment. Resident production shows Rock of Ages and Smokey Robinson’s Human Nature, Soul to Soul and more.
Earth, Wind & Fire:
During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born – one that was steeped in African and African-American styles – particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public.
As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and ’70s multicultural spiritualism. “I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before,” Maurice explains. “Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music…which somehow ended up becoming pop.”