Two of the most legendary soul/funk/r&b groups came together for a special night at the Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA. The Isley Brothers and Commodores played on Aug. 10 with a night full of hits .
The Commodores took the stage at 6:05 p.m. and played an hour and 10 minutes. Although the only founding member that performed was William King (Vocals/Trumpet), the group also includes long-time singer J.D. Nicholas who joined the group in 1984 as a replacement for Lionel Richie who left 2 years prior. Along with King, the original drummer Walter Orange still performs with the group but was absent during this show. The Commodores set includes their hits "Easy," "Machine Gun," "Three Times A Lady" and "Brick House." At the end of their set King and Nicholas threw out Commodores shirts to the audience.
After an energetic set from the Commodores, The Isley Brothers hit the stage. For 60 years the Isley Brothers have been making great music and most recently recorded an album with Santana. Of the original group the only Isley performing is Ronald Isley who has been with the group 62 years. Along with Ronald Isley is his brother Ernie Isley who joined the group as their guitarist in 1973 when they went from a vocal group to a band.
The Isley Brother's set started with an into of Prince's "Lets Go Crazy." Then Ronald and Ernie Isley walked out and went into "Fight the Power" followed by their hit "Whose That Lady." The hits kept coming with songs like "It's Your Thing," and "Twist and Shout." There were even covers of Todd Rundgren's "Hello, It's Me?" And Stephen Stills "Love The One You're With." Their set ended with "Shout" which led into a guitar solo by Ernie Isley of "Amazing Grace."
Photos and text by Alex Kluft