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Wednesday, Apr 16 2014

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of those rare bands that can please just about any crowd. It is known for getting down and dirty with the deepest of funky jams, but can also keep it light and classy with mainstream hits. It was the house band for Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 revolutionary film epic Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, and won eight Grammys. Philip Bailey joined in 1972 and his impressive vocals were a large part of the group's mainstream success. But it wasn't all sunshine and syncopation. In between the sold-out arenas, private jets, and stage illusions masterminded by David Copperfield, Bailey struggled with the pressures of fame. The group split abruptly in 1983. It got back together four years later, only to be faced with founder Maurice White's diagnosis of chronic Parkinson's disease. Bailey tells these and other stories in his memoir Shining Star, which he will discuss tonight with KBIX radio host Sterling James.

Wed., April 30, 7 p.m., 2014

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