BJC comes alive for Michael McDonald, EWF

September 15, 2008

University Park, Pa. — The Bryce Jordan Center was alive and dancing on Sunday (Sept. 14), as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald and funk and soul band Earth, Wind and Fire performed together to a packed house as a part of their current ongoing tour of the country. McDonald, once of the band The Doobie Brothers and now a notable name in recording history, joined fellow 1970s music scene veterans and original founding Earth, Wind and Fire members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson in this tour, a celebration of the music of the era.

Both bands played extensive sets, which included many of their most-well-known songs. McDonald's set included his hit "Takin' it to the Streets," and a cover of  Ray Charles'  "You Don't Know Me." The second set showcased Earth, Wind and Fire's "Fantasy," "September" and "Shining Star" among others. Both bands were eagerly welcomed by a large crowd, consisting of as many youth and college students as there were fans of older generations. Much of the crowd was on its feet toward the end of each band's performance, dancing and singing along. McDonald's band opened the 7:30 p.m. concert, with Earth, Wind and Fire taking the stage for the second set.

For photos, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1819 online.

  • Earth, Wind and Fire rocked the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, Sept. 15, with hours of hits from the 1970s through today. For more photos of the concert, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Andy Colwell

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