Earth, Wind and Fire, bullriders both to roar into Happy Valley

June 16, 2008

The Bryce Jordan Center has announced two very big, but very different  shows, coming in September to the center on the University Park campus.

-- Funk band Earth, Wind and Fire, along with soul singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, will bring a performance full of jazz, gospel and R&B to the center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.

-- Dirt will fly and adrenaline will be pumping when the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) present shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13, during the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour.

Tickets are on sale now for  the Earth, Wind and Fire/Michael McDonald Show. Tickets are $47.50 and $55. A limited amount of Gold Circle seats are available. Also, a limited amount of University Park Penn State students tickets are available at $25. Tickets will be sold at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Penn State Tickets Downtown, the Altoona campus ticket outlet, all ticketmaster locations, by phone at (814) 865-5555 or at online.

Formed in 1969, the members of Earth Wind and Fire fused many different genres of music including jazz, rock and roll, pop, gospel and folk in order to create their unique sound. The lineup currently includes four founding members of the group: Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As a member of the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald recorded some of his most memorable songs, including "Takin' it to the Streets" and "What a Fool Believes," which became a No. 1 single and earned McDonald a Grammy. The singer has continued his solo career with a series of tribute albums to the Motown sound.

Tickets for the Professional Bullriders are on sale now. Tickets are $37.50 for adults, $19.50 for children 12 and under and $25 for University Park Penn State students. Tickets will be available at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center,  Penn State Tickets Downtown, the Altoona campus ticket outlet, all ticketmaster locations, by phone at (814) 865-5555 or at online.

This will be the second time the Jordan Center will play host to 2,000 pound bulls, their riders and tons of dirt. The Professional Bull Riders Inc. was created in 1992 when a group of 20 bull riders broke away from the traditional rodeo scene and into the sport of professional bull riding. The ultimate goal for PRB athletes each year is to qualify for the world finals in Las Vegas. All prize money won on the Enterprise Tour counts toward qualification for the Challenger Tour Finals and the Built Ford Tough Finals.



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