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Earth, Wind & Fire

There are myriad reasons to go see an Earth, Wind & Fire show, but let’s start with the simplest one: Philip Bailey. His falsetto is one of the most stunning vocal instruments you’ll ever hear, and that’s as true now as it was when he joined EWF in 1972 and started trading vocals with baritone Maurice White, the band’s founder. White, who died in 2016, hadn’t toured since 1994, but Bailey and fellow longtime members Verdine White and Ralph Johnson have kept EWF on the road, delivering dance-floors fillers like “September,” “Boogie Wonderland” and “Shining Star” to adoring audiences around the world. The band’s blend of funk, soul and R&B (and the much-loved horn section required for those genres) gets added punch due to their ability to stretch out into Latin and African rhythms as well as straightforward pop and rock. If a night of nonstop dancing (and occasional slow jams) sounds appealing, it’s hard to do better than Earth, Wind & Fire.

— Dan Nailen

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