Formed in the early 1970s, they were one of the first bands to perform the brand new style of music that will become know as pop music. Mixing African and African-American, jazz and R&B styles into their new pop style and that has been the appeal to their broad cross-section of fans.
As founder and leader of the band, Maurice White embraced and helped bring about the evolution of pop. This helped to bridge the gap that separated the musical tastes of black and white America. They have 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.
In 1969, Maurice after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the “Salty Peppers.” After relocating to Los Angeles they changed the band’s name to Earth, Wind & Fire. The group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists).
The band has received 20 Grammy nominations, winning six. They have 12 American Music Awards nominations and four awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. Five members of Earth, Wind & Fire have also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
They have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, NAACP Hall of Fame and the BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
After watching them perform their signature musical style, the dynamic sound of their horn section, energetic stage shows, and contrasting vocals. We see why they have such a success and have been performing since the early ‘7os.
Riveredge Park in Downtown Aurora was the host for this legendary band. Constructed in 2012, this 30-acre park was designed to serve many purposes. From the canoe/kayak launch and natural landscaping to the VIP Rooftop Deck and 10-acre music venue. Parking was a bit of an issue near the park. There is remote parking and shuttle available.
We give this location and performance a solid 4 guitars. We look forward to future concerts at this beautiful location.
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