Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire Ignite The Wells Fargo Center

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From the very beginning, the atmosphere was palpable with anticipation. Fans of all ages, some who’ve followed the artists since their inception and others who’ve discovered the magic of these legends more recently, congregated in high spirits. With a dramatic entrance, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) opened their set. Their trademark fusion of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro-pop resonated throughout the venue.

The setlist was an electric mix, starting off powerfully with the infectious “Shining Star.” The horn section, always a standout, was in peak form as they delved into classics like “Boogie Wonderland” and “Let’s Groove.” Verdine White’s bass playing was, as ever, a mesmerizing spectacle — his fingers effortlessly dancing on the fretboard. Philip Bailey’s falsetto in “Reasons” sent chills down the spine of many in the audience. As they neared the conclusion of their set, the unmistakable groove of “September” took over, reminding everyone once again of the timeless magic of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Following the hard act of EWF was no easy task, but Lionel Richie, armed with his undeniable charisma and timeless voice, was undeterred. As the notes of “Hello” began to play, the stage transformed. From beneath, Lionel began to rise, immediately capturing the full attention of the audience. The iconic opening lines sent waves of nostalgia through the crowd, setting the stage for a memorable performance.

“Easy” transformed the Wells Fargo Center into a massive sing-along, and by the time Richie started “Dancing on the Ceiling,” the entire venue was on its feet. “Three Times a Lady” showcased Lionel’s ability to draw emotion from every corner of the room, and “All Night Long” proved to be the infectious culmination of his set, with attendees dancing in the aisles.

The concert was not just a night of music; it was a journey through decades of soul, R&B, and funk. Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire proved that their art transcends time, touching souls and moving feet regardless of age. It was a musical extravaganza that Philadelphia won’t forget anytime soon.

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T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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