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Chicago blows into Little Rock to open Riverfest 2014

Chicago plays Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Chicago plays Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Jerry Tucker

Rock legends Chicago kicked off Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, May 23, 2014 on the Coors Light/Arkansas Federal Credit Union stage with a set that lasted well over two hours and was full of hits from throughout their career. A huge crowd showed up for the concert, packing the grounds around the stage.

Chicago plays Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas
Jerry Tucker

Chicago opened with a couple songs from their first album, “Introduction” and “Questions 67 and 68.” They then did one crowd pleaser after another including “If You Leave Me Now,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Beginnings” and a version of “I’m a Man” that included a drum duet as the band’s two drummers took the spotlight.

The show was nearly all hits, but they did do one new song, “America,” which will be on their upcoming 36th album which will be called “Now. Chicago XXXVI.”

After “Saturday in the Park” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Getaway,” Chicago closed with a short but powerful “Feeling Stronger Every Day.” They returned to the stage for a two song encore of “Free” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

The band features Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider, all who have been with Chicago since 1969. Jason Scheff replaced Peter Cetera in 1985 and has been with the band since. Tris Imboden and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. are both on percussion. Keith Howland and Lou Pardini round out the band. Find out more about Chicago by visiting www.chicagotheband.com. Find out more about Little Rock’s Riverfest by visiting www.riverfestarkansas.com.