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Earth, Wind & Fire returning to Lincoln for May concert
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Earth, Wind & Fire returning to Lincoln for May concert

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Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the most dynamic and creative funk bands to come out of the seventies and also one of the most successful. The group was led by Maurice White and this new DVD & CD release captures them on stage in Japan in1990 during the last tour that Maurice made with the group following the release of the "Heritage" album. Spectacularly staged as ever, the concert features all their best loved songs.

The DVD is out now and includes the hits "Let's Groove", "September", "System Of Survival", "Fantasy", "After The Love Has Gone", "Shining Star", and more.

Earth, Wind & Fire will return to Lincoln for a May 14 concert at Pinewood Bowl.

The veteran 12-piece band was slated to play the bowl in August 2018, but inclement weather moved that show to Pinnacle Bank Arena, where some 3,000 people enjoyed the band’s smooth fusion of soul, funk and pop, performed with choreographed moves.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary after a COVID-created delay, Earth, Wind & Fire is led by Verdine White, who joined the band his older brother Maurice founded in 1970 when it moved from Chicago to Los Angeles.

By the mid-’70s, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular bands in the world, riding a string of hits that ran from 1975’s No. 1 smash “Shining Star” through “Sing a Song,” “Got to Get You into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland” to 1981’s “Let’s Groove.”

After four decades, nine Grammy Awards and 90 million albums sold, Earth, Wind & Fire is still going strong, playing highly praised shows around the globe. White told the Journal Star three years ago the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were planning to make a new album, but that process was slowed by the pandemic.

Earth Wind and Fire

Earth Wind & Fire will perform at Pinewood Bowl on May 14.  

Tickets for the May 14 concert start at $48 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at

The Earth, Wind & Fire show is the third concert announced for Pinewood Bowl next year, joining Bon Iver on June 18 and Goo Goo Dolls on July 30. Eight to 10 shows are expected to be booked for the Pioneers Park amphitheater from May through September.

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L. Kent Wolgamott, the recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award, has written about arts and entertainment for Lincoln newspapers since 1985, reviewing thousands of movies and concerts and hundreds of art exhibitions.

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