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Opening Night Gala!
Yowza! We are kicking off our 37th year at the Bandshell with none other than the “Queen of Funk” herself, Chaka Khan. An international icon who has won ten Grammys and released 22 albums during her 40-year career, Chaka will set the Bandshell on fire with her burning soul/funk grooves and soaring vocals that touch the sky!
From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer. Together with Rufus she released over ten albums that included hits such as “Sweet Thing” and “Tell Me Something Good.” She left Rufus five years later to launch a solo career that spanned over two decades, with continual acclaim due to hits “I’m Every Woman” and “Ain’t Nobody.”