Musical events coming to Music City USA for two phenomenal Throwback Thursdays

Gelia Bilbrey and Sheldon Reynolds at Starwood Amphitheater after an EWF show in 2001, photo by Cass Teague

Gelia Bilbrey and Sheldon Reynolds at Starwood Amphitheater after an EWF show in 2001, photo by Cass Teague

The coming weeks bring two outstanding and unique musical events to life in Nashville at two iconic venues. One brings the legendary sound of Earth Wind and Fire to life while the other honors legendary artists across African American musical genres.

Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire Featuring EWF Veteran Guitarist Sheldon Reynolds on August 4
Legendary funk guitarist and vocalist Sheldon Reynolds spent 14 years with Earth Wind and Fire and also toured with the Commodores. He has teamed up with a talented group of Seattle musicians to pay tribute to the music of Earth Wind and Fire, as well as his lost friend, musical genius and Earth Wind and Fire founder, Maurice White. Parkinson’s disease took Earth Wind and Fire band leader Maurice White earlier this year. Sheldon Reynolds is winning against the same disease while raising funds for research.

Reynolds is passionate about sharing the music he loves and finding a cure for Parkinson’s. He will combine both by hosting a silent auction of autographed merchandise at the group’s Nashville show, with the proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The touring show includes a 10-piece band featuring a full horn and rhythm section. The band performs spot-on vocal treatments of the lush vocal harmonies that are the hallmark of Earth Wind and Fire’s music.

“Out of the thousand other bands that I have heard play this material, Kalimba is the first band that gets it like its supposed to be played,” he said, when asked why he chose this particular group to tour with. Reynolds is currently living in California where there is no shortage of great musicians.

Kalimba’s tribute is the dream come true of lead vocalist Thomas “Chazz” Smith. Smith grew up listening to Earth Wind and Fire’s music and had a vision to take this positive musical message to the world.

“The music of Earth Wind and Fire” says Smith “is feel-good music that is uplifting and is all about sharing the LOVE!”

“Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire” has been performing nationally since 2011, and will play Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley venue at 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 4th. Advance tickets are only $10.

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Black Music Honors: Celebrate the Soul comes to TPAC on August 18
A 2-hour television special honoring legendary African American icons who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music will be recorded live at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall. The show will honor several special artists and entities across various disciplines of African American music.

The honorees include, listed alphabetically, Clarence Avant, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Big Daddy Kane, Stax Records, and Dionne Warwick.

This star-studded evening will be hosted by Malcolm-Jamal Warner , with tribute performances rendered by a host of notable artists, among them Andra Day, Tina Campbell, Chubb Rock and many more yet to be named.

Plan now to be present for this historic evening and maybe catch yourself on screen when it airs. The program Black Music Honors: Celebrate the Soul will be on Thursday August 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6pm and the show taping begins at 7:00 pm.

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