Celebrate. Let’s Groove All Night Long.

You know the songs. And if you were at CFG Bank Area on Saturday night, you got to hear Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire revisit them and other great soul hits of the ’70s, ’80s and today.

Richie, 74, the former lead singer for the Commodores and now a long-running judge on TV’s “American Idol,” and legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire stopped in Baltimore as part of a national tour. The performers have dozens of Grammys between them, so there was no shortage of familiar songs to sing along to.

This was Earth, Wind & Fire’s second stop at the venue this year; the group performed at a private concert at the arena in April as part of its grand reopening following a $250 million makeover. The arena has played host to a long list of R&B and soul music legends over the decades, from James Brown to Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and the Impressions.

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Here are some images from the night of classic soul.

Earth, Wind & Fire members Verdine White, left, and Philip Bailey perform at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Lionel Ritchie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD on August 19, 2023.
Lionel Richie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Lionel Ritchie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD on August 19, 2023.
Lionel Richie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Lionel Richie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Lionel Richie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Earth, Wind & Fire performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD on August 19, 2023.
Verdine White, a founding member and bass guitarist for Earth, Wind & Fire, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Earth, Wind & Fire performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD on August 19, 2023.
Lead singer Philip Bailey, center, performs with Earth, Wind & Fire at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)
Lionel Richie, 74, performs at CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore on Aug. 19, 2023. (Alyssa Howell/The Baltimore Banner)

Kaitlin Newman is a photojournalist specializing in multimedia coverage. Her main areas of focus are politics, conflict, feature and breaking news. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University, which is where she is also the professor of photojournalism.

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