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Chicago tribute this weekend at Firehouse

Band fused rock, jazz, funk, soul into unique sound

"Chicago: The Tribute" recreates the distinctive sound that has been called "a horn-player's dream." (Contributed photo)

"Chicago: The Tribute," eight professional musicians on one stage, will be at Firehouse Arts Center this weekend recreating that great sound with powerful horns, rich vocals and a rockin' rhythm section.

Both Friday and Saturday, the concerts will begin at 8 p.m. with no openers. The shows will include anthems and favorite cuts produced by Chicago, including "Saturday in the Park," "Beginnings," "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard Habit to Break," "You're the Inspiration" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."

When asked about playing Chicago's songs, woodwind player Joe Gotch said, "They are a horn-player's dream -- the perfect combination of jazz, soul and rock, with great lines."

Chicago fused rock, jazz, funk and soul into a sound all its own and had 23 gold, 18 platinum and 8 multi-platinum albums, and has sold more than 100 million records to date. In 2015, Billboard ranked Chicago ninth on its list of the hundred greatest artists of all time.

Tickets are $20-$30. Go to www.firehousearts.org; call 931-4848; or visit the box office at 4444 Railroad Ave.

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