Earth, Wind & Fire ‘Get Down’ at Paris Las Vegas

January 15, 2002 4:59 AM
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It was an extraordinary ’70s chart run that produced classics such as Shining Star, Reasons and That’s the Way of the World. The music of Earth, Wind & Fire has an engaging yet otherworldly sense about it that makes it seem unlike any musical group that had come before it. Now EWF is set to unleash its funky sounds again at the Paris Theater des Arts Saturday through January 22 at 9 p.m. nightly. For ticket information, call (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

Earth, Wind & Fire is known for its fusion of American pop and African rhythms, and the melding of rock, jazz, funk and Latin-tinged R&B.

“What we did was bridge a gap between rock and soul like few had ever done before,” said singer Philip Bailey.

Testifying to their enduring popularity are 50 gold and platinum albums, six Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards and a 1993 NAACP Hall of Fame Image Award. Singles from platinum ’70s albums “Mighty, Mighty, Devotion,” and “Open Our Eyes” helped to identify the group as “up” entertainers with a positive mission.

Despite the absence of co-founder Maurice White (due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease nine years ago), remaining co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson have surrounded themselves with an array of musicians and dancers capable of delivering the EWF goods.