WAR

WAR and KC and the Sunshine Band Bring Boogie to the Greek

WAR has an annual tradition of playing the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. for a number of years now. In the past, WAR has done their show with: The Family Stone, Cheech & Chong and Tower of Power. On May 25th War’s show included Latin greats El Chicano and Tierra as well as the legendary Disco/Funk group KC and the Sunshine Band. This was a night to get down and also share the message of peace and love.

KC and the Sunshine band played a set of 10 songs which were all major hits. In the group’s 46-year history, they have had six top 10 singles and five number singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Although KC and The Sunshine Band’s lineup has changed a number of times over the years, the group still has its fearless leader, the always funky Harry Wayne Casey. From opening with “Shake Your Booty,” to “Boogie Shoes,” and ending with an encore of “Get Down Tonight,” KC and The Sunshine Band kept the audience on their feet and played a set lasting almost an hour. In addition to their hits the band was featured with drum and bass solos. KC and The Sunshine band also mixed in the Commodores’ “Brick House” and the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” with their hit “Give It Up.”


KC and The Sunshine Band Setlist

  1. Shake Your Booty
  2. Boogie Shoes
  3. Please Don't Go
  4. I'm Your Boogie Man
  5. Keep On Hanging Love
  6. Give It Up/Brick House (Commodores)/ Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Jacksons)
  7. Drum Solo
  8. Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)/ Bass Solo/ Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
  9. That's The Way (I Like It)

Encore

  1. Get Down Tonight

Closing the show was WAR who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. From the group’s original lineup the only member remaining is singer/keyboardist Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan. The groups second longest member is drummer/singer Sal Rodriguez who joined the group in 1990 followed by Marcos Reyes who joined in 1998. Guitarist Stuart Ziff joined in 2002. Harmonica player Stanley Behrens joined in 2011. Bassist Rene Camacho joined in 2015. The group’s newest member is saxophonist Scott Martin who joined in 2017. After 50 years, the group stays true to their classic sound and their message of peace and love.

WAR played a set of nearly 90 minutes filled with hits and rarities like “Me and Baby Brother,” “Galaxy,” “Spill The Wine,” and the “World Is a Ghetto.” My favorite part of the show is when WAR plays “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and each member trades off singing on different verses. WAR is the kind of band that performs with very minimal production and their show is all about their music. WAR only had the equipment they use onstage and 3 hand painted backdrops. WAR ended their show with “Lowrider.”


WAR Setlist

  1. East L.A.
  2. Me and Baby Brother
  3. Slippin' Into Darkness
  4. Get Up Stand Up
  5. Cisco Kid
  6. Spill The Wine / Put the Lime in the Coconut
  7. The World Is A Ghetto
  8. Get Down
  9. So- Sal Rodriguez Lead Vocals
  10. 10.Summer
  11. Galaxy/ Bass Solo
  12. Gypsy Man
  13. Why Can't We Be Friends?
  14. Lowrider

Photo Credit: Alex Kluft