Chicago to perform at Vina Robles
– Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era,” the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago – who celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band this year – will play the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 2.
This June, Chicago’s Robert Lamm and James Pankow will become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. These legendary songwriters wrote mega-hits such as, “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Make Me Smile,” and many others.
In 2016, Chicago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ranked #9 on Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, the highest charting American band. Their album Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2014, and the band performed on the Grammy stage for the first time that year. Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades.
Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards (one is for Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, which was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2014), are Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. Chicago are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017, and are working on Chicago XXXVII.
Chicago have toured every year since the beginning – they’ve never missed a year. The line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jeff Coffey on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar and vocals, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. on percussion.