Monday, March 23, 2009


Music legends Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago announce their 2009 tour will kick off at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Friday, June 5 as part of the Pepsi Star Series. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are now on sale.

The Earth, Wind & Fire 11-piece band is among the most influential, commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Formed in 1969 in Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire's 39-year history resulted in millions of albums sold worldwide and distinguished awards and accolades. Founding members: Maurice White (leader, vocalist, songwriter); Philip Bailey (lead vocalist, percussionist); Verdine White (bassist); Ralph Johnson (drummer and percussionist) have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and are credited with eight Grammy Awards, 20 Grammy nominations, four American Music Awards, honors from the NAACP, the BET Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To this day, Earth, Wind & Fire remains one of the top globally popular touring attractions with signature sound and distinctive musical styles that fuse pop, soul, jazz, rock n' roll, psychedelic, African roots music and disco with a base in funk.

Chicago has written, recorded and performed some of the most popular and musically innovative songs in rock history. Billboard Magazine positioned the band at #13 on their Hot 100 chart’s All-Time Top 100 – a byproduct of having sold more than 100,000,000 records and having earned 20 top hits, five number one albums, five number one singles and five gold singles. Chicago also won a Grammy Award, American Music Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had a downtown Chicago street renamed in their honor, and been celebrated with an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. An incredible 25 of their 30 albums have been certified platinum, and Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. Through it all, Chicago remains a working band, touring continually since forming in 1967. On the philanthropic front, Chicago actively supports charities through their concert ticket sales.

Tickets for this concert are online at, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at The Amphitheater Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or at The Dock Store at The Marina. Tickets are priced $75.00, $65.00, $45.00, and $25.00. Tickets purchased at The Wharf outlets will incur no Ticketmaster fees.

More information of upcoming concerts and events can be found by visiting or text the word ‘WHARF’ to TEXT ME (839863) for all Wharf events.

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