Alumni Groove to Earth, Wind & Fire…and a Surprise Guest at the Kick-off Concert!

Earth, Wind & Fire at GW Alumni Weekend
Earth, Wind & Fire at GW Alumni Weekend

Earth, Wind & Fire, the iconic American soul-funk-fusion powerhouse, electrified the Charles E. Smith Center on Friday night, during the All-Alumni Kickoff Party and Concert.

The concert was a highlight for the more than 2800 alumni that came back to campus for this weekend’s celebration and for the nearly 800 students, faculty and staff that also enjoyed the show.

The band brought their famous mix of horns and percussion, a rocking blend of rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and disco to the Charles E. Smith Center for a show that had people on their feet from start to finish.  The GW crowd enjoyed classics like “Shining Star,”  “Sing A Song,” and “Got to Get You Into My Life” as part of the show.

But perhaps most memorable was the mega-hit, “September,” which featured President Steven Knapp on bongo drums.   Yes, President Knapp joined the band to play this iconic hit – which was a real treat for many in the GW Community.

“The highlight of the weekend was seeing conga player-extraordinaire President Steven Knapp jamming with Earth Wind & Fire.  We best be careful, before he is recruited to become a full-time touring member of the band!”  said Keith J. Greene, a 1979 graduate of the George Washington School of Business.

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