Up-and-coming country songwriter Justin Moore will perform an early set at the stadium on Fri. Aug. 17. Atlanta-based alt-rock band Collective Soul will be on hand to open the show on Sat. Aug. 18. Local acts Early Ray, Southwood, and the Blue Dogs (who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this summer) will perform an afternoon showcase on Saturday as well.
The Homegrown Concert Series is designed to raise funds and collect back-to-school supplies for the Charleston County School District. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets and the Family Circle box office by phone at (800) 745-3000.
"After 40 years, North Charleston has grown into a thriving city, bustling with business and prime for young families and professionals," Summey stated at the press conference. "To mark the advancements we have made, we are going first class in our 40th anniversary celebration. Both born of the ’70s — the City of North Charleston and Earth, Wind & Fire — we will be celebrating together with an exciting evening of shear entertainment combined with exceptional musicianship."
Earth, Wind & Fire formed in Chicago in 1969 and developed a brassy funk style infused with elements of soul, pop, rock, and fusion. The band’s powerful brass and woodwind players were known as the Phoenix Horns. They reached the top of the charts in the 1970s and early ’80s with such hits as "Mighty Mighty," "Shining Star," "September," "Boogie Wonderland," and "Let’s Groove." They were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Led by three longtime members — vocalist Philip Bailey, bassist Verdine White, and percussionist Ralph Johnson‚ EW&F embark on their Guiding Lights Tour this summer in support of a new studio album titled Then and Forever (Legacy). They’ll perform at the Coliseum with the North Charleston Pops Orchestra with support from local pop/rock band the Explorer’s Club.
Tickets go on sale for between $25 and $45 at 10 a.m. on Fri. March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum box office, via Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (800)745-3000. Tickets are $25-$45. Visit northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com and earthwindandfire.com for more.