Night Sounds

Earth, Wind & Fire sings message of universal love and harmony

By Debby Jet Jennings

Earth, Wind & Fire performs their message of universal love and harmony Sunday at the Uptown Amphitheatre-NC Music Factory in Charlotte.
Earth, Wind & Fire performs their message of universal love and harmony Sunday at the Uptown Amphitheatre-NC Music Factory in Charlotte. EARTH, WIND & FIRE

Ignite musical alchemy through the elemental sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, live Sunday at the Uptown Amphitheatre at NC Music Factory in Charlotte.

One of the two great horn bands originating in Chicago, EWF’s focus was different from that of Chicago the band, by evolving pop, rock and jazz through an African and African-American heritage.

Such a legacy allowed EWF to explore more genres as they took R&B, soul, funk, gospel, even Latin and psychedelic sounds into their style. What emerged made the band popular and successful but also a favorite of the critics.

From their start in 1969, EWF is one of the best-selling bands ever, with more than 100 million records sold. The band has received six Grammy Awards from 17 nominations; four American Music Awards from 12 nominations, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Essentially, their power is found in dynamic sound and presentation thanks to their legendary horn section, unusual instrumentation, dazzling stage production, energetic shows and unique vocals.

Founding member/composer/producer of EWF – but no longer part of the touring band – Maurice White defined the band saying, “We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey the message of universal love and harmony.” Currently, the touring EWF band features Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson.

Wish upon the shining sound of Earth Wind & Fire Sunday at the Uptown Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. in Charlotte. For concert details call 704-916-8970 or 704-549-5555 or visit For more on the music visit


Southern rock and country folk from the Zac Brown Band finds its way Thursday to the PNC Music Pavillion in Charlotte. Led by lead vocalist/guitarist Zac Brown, this Atlanta-based band roared onto the scene in 2005 with a cross breed sound mixing rock and country rock with bluegrass, soul, amd even reggae.

The result has been three Grammy wins, three platinum selling albums and string of radio hits found on both country and rock charts. Along with the popularity of their music, the ZBB also has earned a reputation of straightforward ease and down to earth honesty. The band’s lineup features Zac Brown, lead vocals/guitar, Jimmy De Martini, violin/vocals; John Driskell Hopkins, bass/vocals; Coy Bowles, guitar/organ; Clay Cook, guitar/organ/mandolin/pedal steel/vocals; Chris Fryar, drums; Daniel de Los Reyes, percussion and Matt Mangano, bass.

Roll with the Zac Brown Band Thursday at PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte. For more concert info, call 704-549-1292 or go to For more on the music, check


Friday: Early Ray at Luke’s Sports Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; David Williams at The Handle Bar, Catawba; Acoustic Syndicate at Sylvia Theater, York; Angel Incident Unplugged at Bailey’s Pineville; Leslie & Friends at Blakeney Shopping Center-Ballantyne-Charlotte; The Get Go at Wild Wing, Ayrsley-Charlotte; Chris Cook at Glenway Pub, Belmont; Shotgun Saints at Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia, Mooresville; Tattermask, The Coming Dawn, The Reticent, Musket King at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; The Breakfast Club, 5 on Sundays at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Gene Gene and the Blues Machine at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Charlotte; The Alternative Champs, Birds with Teeth, Truckstop Preachers at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Bill Miller Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dust & Ashes, The Carbonari, Good Bones at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Evergone, All My Vices at Once, Atomic Squad, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; John Mark McMillan and Friends at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Cinnamon Groove at RiRa, Charlotte; LoveBettie at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Shana Blake Band at Jack Beagles, Charlotte; Nate Brown at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Hart Strings, Em Young at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Steve Gilbert, Kyle Perkins Band, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Stewart Mauldin & Friends at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Josh Abbot Band, Darrel Harwood at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Dirty Southfest with BlackPope, No Anger Control, Swell Friends, Viajando, more at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Delbert McClinton, Chuck Johnson, Charleyhorse at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Pierre Bensusan at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Saturday: Lamouruex & Johnson Acoustic Duo at Original Empire, Rock Hill; Well Known Strangers at The Sandbar & Grill, Rock Hill; Perfect Strangers at Big Al’s Pub, Charlotte; Scoot at Riverview Bar & Grill, Charlotte; Raisin Cain Band, Halden Vang, Angel Incident, Rockaholics, Jeramie Rose at The Trap, Charlotte; Purposeful Groove at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Fractured FairyTales, Knuckles and Guns, Nightmare Sonata, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Another Lost Year, Elisium, Butterfly Corpse at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Gene Gene and the Blues Machine at Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte; Gonzo, Self Made Monsters, Body Bags, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Scythian at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Jaggermuth, The Seduction, Modern Primitives, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; U-Phonik at RiRa, Charlotte; Outlaw Crow, Automatic Fantastic, Mindjakked at Milestone, Charlotte; Back in Black-AC/DC Tribute; Eclipse-Pink Floyd Tribute, The Stranger, Mocktallica, more at Uptown Amphitheater-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Legacy Committee at Label-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Cycle Mania at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Stephaniesid, George Terry & The Zealots; Time Sawyer; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Monday: Knocturnal with Gift of Gab at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Open Mic at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Tuesday: Colby Dobbs at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; The Everymen, Motel Glory, AM/FMs at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; St. Vincent, Sarah Neufeld at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

Wednesday: The Extraordinaires at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Self Aware Records with Family Bike, Totally Slow, Black Market at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Geofrreaux (David Childers & The Serpents) and Boss Jones (Sherman Hellville, ex Eyes of the Elders) at Petra’s Piano Bar and Cabaret, Charlotte; On The Water, Dysplacer, Year of the Ox at Milestone, Charlotte; Chappo; Tosco House Party; at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Kate Tempest, Solis at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.

Thursday: Parker Milsap at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; We Got The Beat, Girls Girls Girls, Royal Suits at EpiCentre, Charlotte; Jared Allan at Village Tavern, Charlotte; Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Ballyhoo at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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