Earth, Wind, Fire and DeeJay Tre

The only thing better than seeing Earth, Win & Fire perform live, is seeing their concert with DeeJay Tra.

My nephew Traveain, a DeeJay by trade, has been an EWF fan his entire life. His playlist currently contains 49 Earth Wind & Fire songs.

“My mother would say I started listening when I was inside the womb,” he said. “She  had a record player in the basement. She used to play all this old school music so I grew up hearing their songs.  When I was older, I would hold the covers and read the song titles as they played. That’s how I memorized all the album titles and years. I remember how all the covers look too.  My dad and I always listened to them on our road trips too.”

Last Sunday Traveain and I, along with other members of our family, got to see Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the Appleton PAC. The show was a magical ride, the living embodiment of the group’s hit single, Fantasy.

And we will live together, until the twelfth of never

Our voices will ring forever, as one

It was my first time seeing them live, Traveain’s third, and both of us left in awe of Earth Wind & Fire’s timeless groove and, in particular, original member Philip Bailey’s four-octave vocal range.

We all sang Happy Birthday to Philip Sunday night and then hit Google to confirm that the youthful soulster really did turn 71-years old that night.

Holy pipes!

“I have no idea how he can sing that high!” Traveain said.

In addition to lead singer Bailey, the 50-year old group still includes original members bassist Verdine White and drummer Ralph Johnson. Nine other musicians perform with the band, including Bailey’s son, Philip Doron Bailey, who has been touring with them since 2009.

I wondered if they would take an intermission, or have an opening act, but they played straight through, rarely even pausing between songs. Most of the audience, like me, spent the whole night on our feet. My dancing toes are still sore.

I asked Traveain if he had a favorite song.

“I have a lot of favorites but Can’t Hide Love is at the top of the list,” he said. “I also love September because they sing about the 21st night and my birthday is the 23rd. Besides those, the songs I play the most are Reasons, After the Love is Gone, Love’s Holiday and Sun Goddess.”

Thanks to EWF and DeeJayTra for a fantastic night in a land called, “Fantasy”

Loving life for you and me.

Our nephew Traveain is a very popular deejay with an encyclopedic knowledge of his favorite performers. His current playlist includes 49 Earth, Wind & Fire songs.
Traveain himself has a healthy fan base…
…and some very capable roadies.
He has seen Earth, Wind & Fire perform live three times, including in 2018 with my sister Kathy.
Sunday, they saw an excellent show and sat…
…Just above us.
Kathy nabbed this picture of the three original members — Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson. You could blink and find yourself right back in 1972 listening to these guys perform live. It’s really amazing.
Along with music you can’t help dancing along to, Earth, Wind & Fire sends a lot of love out into the auditoriums they play and it bounces around those big old rooms and makes its way right back to them.
I’m not sure everyone in that auditorium knew what they were getting into, but the band is very persuasive and they had us all up and dancing all night.
Verdine White still rips a mean bass, has a giant smile and dances around that stage like a kid.
Really, it was a big, festive dance party and Traveain and I (along with everyone else) had a blast.

2 thoughts on “Earth, Wind, Fire and DeeJay Tre

  1. What a great show! I can’t believe we sang Happy Birthday to Phillip Bailey! FYI – Fantasy is one of my favorite EWF songs.

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