May 10, 2011
When Funk Is Good
The crowd embracing the elements that made the evening atmospherically
in harmony with the music. This being my first time seeing EWF in concert
I instantly could see why they are one of the most popular groups in
Phillip Bailey’s vocal talents were electrifying from beginning
to end. His range of vocal artistic quality started from a high first
Soprano then flowing melo-dynamically and harmonizing vocal-
dynamic to a soul stroking Bass. Seasoning by years of 100’s
of performances, this has not diminished Earth Wind and Fire’s
showmanship, energy, creativity, artistry nor the ability to please
an audience ranging multiculturally and in age that spans decades
of appreciation for the talents of EWF. The crowd was
intimately involved swaying, dancing, singing and in some cases
overwhelmed with emotion as songs such as Reasons, After the
Love Is Gone and others flowed through the air creating an
almost spiritual essence that flowed even as
the evening concluded on this first day.
During the course of the performances the Earth elements
seemed to take pleasure in the excitement of the music as a
cool breeze continued to caress the crowd, the ground beneath
vibrated to the music, invigorated from the beats and tones created
by the pulsating instrumentations of these talented entertainers.
Earth Wind and Fire is celebrated and respected as Rock and Roll
Hall of Famers, Multi Grammy Honors and Gold, Platinum, and
Multi Platinum Winners. Their performance will be remembered
long after the Funk Fest is over.
The second day of Funkiness was started off and continued
by performances of entertainers with aspiring musical wishes,
these talented individuals lead up to the Main Attraction for the ;
Frankie Beverly and Maze, these iconic entertainers have been
performing over 45 years. Starting in Philadelphia and expanding
their musical R&B and Ole Skool musical hits across the country.
The emotional energy started from the first song and remained until
the last melody. . Dancing and singing to songs that not only brought
the crowd to their collective feet, but created an atmosphere where it
seemed everyone was in awe from the lyrics which were positive
As one person stated leaving at the end of the Funk Fest,
this is the best way to unite Jacksonville and look past our
differences. I wish we could keep this unity and spirit”.
Posted by William Jackson