A cold front that moved into the area may have cooled temperatures down around these parts — but the CMAC stage was still the hottest place around Wednesday night.
After a half-hour delay due to the rainstorm, the 12-piece band Earth, Wind & Fire brought their infectious mix of R&B, soul, rock, dance, and other sounds to Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. The band, whose big hits include “Shining Star,” “September” and “After the Love is Gone” — all of which they brought to life — is only a couple years away from marking 50 years since it was founded by the late Maurice White, brother of founding member and bassist Verdine White.
Only one show remains in CMAC’s 2018 season, which has hosted a diverse season of classic rock (John Fogerty, ZZ Top), country (Keith Urban, Alan Jackson), modern rock (Arctic Monkeys), blues (Tedeschi Trucks Band), and more. Coming up: Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives” tour to CMAC on Friday, Aug. 31, joined by The Steep Canyon Rangers — the bluegrass band that’s frequently worked with Martin — and jazz pianist Jeff Babko. The show starts at 8 p.m. (gates 6:30 p.m.); tickets range from $45 to $150 in the pavilion and $30 for the lawn ($25 in advance). For tickets and details, visit cmacevents.com.