Groove Masters Unite: Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire Light Up Buffalo’s KeyBank Center

On a balmy summer evening in Buffalo, the KeyBank Center buzzed with anticipation as legendary acts Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage for a night of soulful melodies and electrifying performances.

The show, a close sellout, drew fans from across the region from Toronto to Rochester, eager to witness two iconic bands in one unforgettable concert experience. There was a countdown clock on the stage video screen telling fans when the show would kickoff.

Earth, Wind & Fire, no strangers to the Buffalo area (last played Buffalo area at Artpark in 2022), kicked off the evening with an explosive energy that instantly captivated the audience. Opening with their timeless hit “Shining Star,” the band set the tone with their trademark blend of funk, soul, and R&B.

The crowd erupted in cheers as they seamlessly transitioned into “Let Your Feelings Show,” showcasing their impeccable musicianship and infectious groove. Their set was a celebration of musical mastery, with intricate horn arrangements, tight percussion, and the soulful vocals that have defined their legacy over decades. They played all of their fan favorites, “Boogie Wonderland”, “Sing a Song”, and closed with their big hit “September”.

After Earth, Wind & Fire left the stage to thunderous applause, the anticipation for Lionel Richie reached its peak when the lights blacked out and a montage video hit the screens. Richie, returning to the Buffalo area for the first time since his memorable performance in Niagara Falls in August 2022, began his set with the iconic ballad “Hello.”

The audience swayed in unison, singing along to every word, as Richie’s smooth voice filled the arena with nostalgia and emotion. One of his most energetic songs he played was his second song of the show, “Running with the night”. Digital cityscapes were displayed on the background video screens and the use of smoke blasts caught some fans by surprise.

Throughout his set, Richie delivered hit after hit, each song resonating deeply with the crowd. From the heartfelt “Say You, Say Me” to the infectious groove of “Dancing on the Ceiling,” Richie proved why he remains a beloved figure in music. His stage presence was magnetic, effortlessly engaging the audience with his charisma and charm Lionel told stories and joked with the crowd. He stated “there will be singing tonight, but not by me…… the crowd will be singing and dancing”.

As the night drew to a close, Lionel Richie brought the audience to their feet with the ultimate feel-good anthem for his encore, “All Night Long”. The arena transformed into a dance party, with fans of all ages dancing and singing along, united by the joyous spirit of Richie’s music.

The collaboration between Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire was a testament to the timeless power of soul and R&B. Together, they created a night that transcended generations, reminding everyone in attendance why their music continues to endure for decades. For fans in Buffalo, this concert was not just a musical event but a cherished memory that will resonate for years to come. Both acts will be having their own residency this summer/fall in Las Vegas.

Earth, Wind and Fire’s setlist: Shining Star, Let Your Feelings Show, System of Survival, Serpentine Fire, Verdine White Bass Solo, Sing a Song, Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles cover), Devotion, After the Love Has Gone (David Foster cover), Reasons, That’s the Way of the World, Fantasy, Boogie Wonderland, Let’s Groove, September.

Lionel Richie setlist: Hello, Running With the Night, Easy / My Love (Commodores song/Lionel Richie song), Penny Lover, Stuck on You, Sail On (Commodores song), You Are, Dancing on the Ceiling (With a snippet of Van Halen’s “Jump”), Three Times a Lady (Commodores song), Fancy Dancer / Sweet Love / Lady (You Bring Me Up) (Commodores song), Just to Be Close to You (Commodores song), Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie cover), Brick House (Commodores song) (With a snippet of Ohio Players’ “Fire”), Still (Commodores song), Say You, Say Me, We Are the World (USA for Africa cover)

Encore: All Night Long (All Night)


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Wed Jul 17 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

Fri Jul 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Sat Jul 20 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

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Wed Jul 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Broadview Stage at SPAC

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