Maurice White was one of the mighty musicians who fell in 2016, marking a catastrophic year for music fans. But the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire already had retired from making music. His bandmates Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson carried on without him in 2013 to release a 20th full-length album, Now, Then & Forever.
With Maurice gone, Earth, Wind & Fire launch a tour of material old and new, starting at MGM National Harbor on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Earth, Wind & Fire have covered a lot of ground over the years, crossing genres from soul, R&B, disco, jazz, and more. The band has won numerous accolades since the release of their self-titled debut in 1971. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. And they have sold more than 100 million records.
Those records introduced the world to an incredible number of hit singles: “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Devotion,” “Reasons,” “Sing a Song,” “Can’t Hide Love,” “Getaway,” “Fantasy,” “Love’s Holiday,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “After the Love Has Gone,” and “Let’s Groove”. (Source: Wikipedia)
Watch the classic music video for “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire on YouTube:
Earth, Wind & Fires full 2017 tour dates:
Feb. 18, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
March 9, Saint Augustine, Florida, Saint Augustine Amphitheater
March 15, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Memorial Auditorium
March 17, Wilmington, North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College
March 21, Knoxville, Tennessee, Tennessee Theatre
March 22, Memphis, Tennessee, Orpheum Theatre
March 24, Columbia, South Carolina, Township Auditorium
March 25, Greenville, South Carolina, Peace Center
March 26, Tallahassee, Florida, Donald L. Tucker County Civic Center
March 29, Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville Palace Theatre
March 31, Richmond, Virginia, Altria Theater
April 1, Durham, North Carolina, Durham Performing Arts Center
April 2, North Charleston, South Carolina, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Buy your MGM National Harbor tickets online — but hurry! Only a few seats remain! (DC, consider the March 31 show in Richmond if you miss our local date.)
Earth, Wind & Fire
MGM National Harbor
Saturday, Feb. 18