Earth, Wind, & Fire, a band that practically embodies as many musical genres as Tanglewood’s Popular Artist Series represents, made its second appearance at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra June 18, 2016. By scheduling them in between concerts by Dolly Parton and Brian Wilson, Tanglewood presented us the opportunity to enjoy a geographically inspired sampler of American music ranging from country, to city, to beach over a single weekend.
Maurice White and Philip Bailey form Earth, Wind, & Fire in 1971
Since their 1971 founding in Chicago by Maurice White and Philip Bailey, Earth, Wind, & Fire has scored six Grammies as a group and been inducted nto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; founder White, who died in February, Bailey and several other members of the band also are in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. White’s brother Verdine is the group’s bassist, and at the other end of the sonic spectrum are the horn section, Gary Bias on saxophone, Bobby Burns, Jr. on trumpet, and Reggie Young on trombone. Besides all the oh-so-danceable funky music, straight-out R & B, beautiful harmonies and thrilling falsetto singing, EWF puts on a show for your eyeballs too with pulsating lights and streaming digital graphics. After this show, you would think the Koussevitsky Music Shed would need some down time, but that won’t happen until September!
Tanglewood photos Earth, Wind, & Fire concert
Tanglewood 2016 pop, rock, jazz schedule
Tanglewood concerts June 2016
June 17 | 7 pm Shed | Dolly Parton
June 18 | 7 pm Shed | Earth, Wind & Fire
June 19 | 2:30pm Shed | Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds
June 21 | 7 pm Shed | Jacksone Browne
June 24 | 8pm Seiji Ozawa Hall | Chris Botti
June 25 | 5:45 pm Shed | A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood with Garrison Keillor
July 1 | 8 pm Shed | Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
July 2 | 7 pm Shed | Bob Dylan and His Band, Mavis Staples
July 3 & 4 | 7 pm Shed | James Taylor with his All-Star Band
July 10 | 2:30 pm Shed | Boston Pops with very special guest Seth MacFarlane
July 31 | 8 pm Seiji Ozawa Hall | Chick Corea Trio featuring Christian McBride and Brian Blade
August 13 | 8 pm Shed | John Williams’ Film Night
August 23 | 7 pm Shed | Train with Andy Grammer
August 26 | 8 pm Shed | “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Orchestra
August | 8 pm Shed | Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
September 1| 8 pm Shed | Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
September 2 | 8 pm Shed | The Boston Pops with the B-52s
About Tanglewood: box office, tickets, getting there, nearby hotels
Tickets for the 2016 Tanglewood season, $12-$124, go on sale January 24 starting at 10 a.m. through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-638-9467. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. 2016 Tanglewood schedule – PDF.
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Getting around the Tanglewood campus
The Tanglewood campus, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center comprises several hundred acres in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge. It is the location of the Koussevitsky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall, where hundreds of thousands attend concerts and a variety of events, including picnics. We always advise new visitors to arrive early and take their daily walking exercise wandering the beautiful Tanglewood grounds.
Here is a dynamic map of the Tanglewood grounds, with photos and information for such points of interest as Aaron Copland Library, Highwood Manor House, The Glass House, and The Lion’s Gate.