What a perfect show to experience outdoors. Chicago with Earth Wind and Fire together. Not just on the same bill, but sharing the same stage at the same time. Here is what went down. About 7:40 p.m. last night, August 15, 2015 both bands took the stage and played each others songs. Straight out of the chute, with “Only the Beginning” from Chicago, fans knew this night would be special. Some bands are known for their guitars, others are known for other instruments. When some one goes to a show by either of these bands they are going to see the horn section. Trumpet, Saxophone and Trombone. The other instruments are just icing on the cake.
After three songs together, EWF took the stage and delighted the crowd with classics such as “Fantasy”. Band members were all over the stage. They had a split level stage and the band members got a chance to run all over, so there was something for everyone in the crowd to see. During “Let’s Goove” most of the crowd stood up. That’s the thing with crowds at shows now a days. When either band did faster paced songs, the crowd was interacting with the band. For the slower songs a lot of fans had their heads up their rear ends, as they were buried in their cell phone. Sure the applause was there but not the interaction.
EWF jammed for about one hour and then a 20 minute intermission took place. With little notice it was time for Chicago to play. This is the perfect music to listen to during the summertime, It was the perfect venue to see the show in as well. Not a stuffy hockey arena, but an amphitheater designed for music. Most of the crowd was seated for Chicago’s slower numbers. Here is a clue if you are standing, turn around and see what’s happening behind you. If people are not standing, you are blocking their view. For the rockers like “Feelin’ Stronger Everyday” and the smash “Saturday in the Park” , the crowd was on their feet. Those songs cannot be listened to live by Chicago when seated. First, the band moves on stage to create energy, and the songs are just too good to be watched while seated.
Both bands had a VIP package, which for less than $300.00 includes a very quick meet and greet and band photo. Add $75.00 to that and you get a free parking spot for your vehicle and a front row ticket. Those that attended the meet and greet said that it happens very fast and there is no time to get individual items signed. The early admission included in the venue is not worth anything as there is no opportunity to purchase food and relax, until the doors open.
After slightly more than one hour, Chicago finished their set and both bands took the stage for the encore, belting out numbers such as “September”. While this is a nice idea to have both bands headline, it restricts the amount of time given to each band to play . There is not a lot of time to play deep cuts that can generate new fans. It’s more of a greatest hits show.
If you like to see a rock show with a great horn section, then this is the show to see this summer, especially if they are playing at an out door venue.