Click here to read the full article. Fred White, one of the two drummers for soul group Earth Wind & Fire during the most successful decade in its history, 1974-84, died Monday at age 67. No cause of death was given. White was part of a family legacy at the ensemble’s core, as the brother of Verdine White and half-brother of Maurice White. Although long since departed from the group, in 2000 he was inducted with other core members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More from Variety Chaka Khan, Khalid, Billy Porter and More Come Together to Celebrate Juneteenth at Hollywood Bowl Juneteenth Concert at Hollywood Bowl to Get Live CNN Broadcast With Roots, Jhené Aiko and More Andrew Woolfolk, Saxophone Player for Earth, Wind & Fire in Group's 1970s Prime, Dies at 71 Besides playing on classic EWF albums starting with “That’s the Way of the World” in 1975 on through “Electric Universe” in 1983, White also played drums on 1970s albums by artists … [Read more...] about Fred White, Earth Wind & Fire’s Drummer During 1970s Hit Streak, Dies at 67
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Arts & Entertainment Decatur Native, Taylor Mallory, Performs in Chicago Tap Theatre's "Sweet Tap Chicago" SHOUTChicago.com , Community Contributor Posted Reply Decatur native, Taylor Mallory, will perform in Chicago Tap Theatre's Sweet Tap Chicago. Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) presents Sweet Tap Chicago Sunday, March 10 at 3 and 7 p.m. at The City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Sweet Tap Chicago is a celebration of Chicago musicians and music, with all new arrangements by Kurt Schweitz, a live jazz quintet featuring rapper/singer/host Taylor Mallory and tap dancing. Musicians and bands to be covered include Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield and more. Doors open one hour prior to start time and the running time of the performance is one hour and twenty minutes including one short … [Read more...] about Decatur Native Performs in “Sweet Tap Chicago”
When “The Life” opened on Broadway in 1997, the sex trade in Times Square that it depicts was no longer a prominent feature of the area. Like an increasingly polished Midtown Manhattan, the musical, about the women and men who once made it a prostitution capital, was sufficiently family-friendly for my parents to take me to see it, at the age of 15, as my first Broadway show. We came to New York to see “Rent,” Jonathan Larson’s portrait of la vie bohème, which had opened the previous year. After reading newspaper listings, my father chose “The Life” as another show for us to catch while in town. And despite its ostensibly R-rated subject matter (which we assume he somehow overlooked), it was perhaps no more adult in theme than “Rent.” Set circa 1980, “The Life” is also about lovers and strivers doing their best to survive a harsh and unforgiving city. But the Broadway production of “The Life” shared more DNA with droll Gotham fables like “Guys and Dolls” and “Sweet Charity,” … [Read more...] about Comedy Undercut ‘The Life.’ Billy Porter Looks for Its Humanity.