Kicking Off the Fair Concert Series with Chicago

Michael Baltierra Chicago at The Washington State Fair (Photo by Mike Baltierra)

It was a beautiful Friday evening in the Pacific Northwest. One couldn’t ask for better weather to get the Washington State Fair Concert Series started.

The Fair Concert Series was kicked off with An Evening with Chicago.

Formed in 1967, Chicago is one of the longest running and best-selling music acts of all time. The group currently consists of Robert Lamm (keyboards / vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Ray Herrmann (saxophone), Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (drums), Neil Donell (vocals / guitar), Ramon “Ray” Yslas (percussion), Tony Orbohta (guitar), Loren Gold (keyboard) and Eric Baines (bass).

For those who may not be familiar with the term “An Evening With”, this is when there are no opening acts, just the headlining group. On this evening, the band performed multiple acts throughout the course of the evening – with the set comprised of material spanning their five decade plus career.

Set 1:
Dialogue (Part I & II)
Questions 67 & 68
Call on Me
Wake Up Sunshine
(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long
If You Leave Me Now

Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon
Make Me Smile
So Much to Say, So Much to Give
Anxiety’s Moment
West Virginia Fantasies
Colour My World
To Be Free
Now More Than Ever

Set 2:
Alive Again
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Old Days
Hard Habit to Break
You’re the Inspiration
I’m a Man (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
Just You ‘n’ Me
Hard to Say I’m Sorry / Get Away
Saturday in the Park
Feelin’ Stronger Every Day (Partial)

25 or 6 to 4