Witness WAR as they perform at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival on Saturday, February 25th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion.
WAR spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes and turf wars as they climbed the charts with hits such as, “Low Rider,” “Don’t Let No One Get You Down,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness.” “Our mission was to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony.” Original band members included; Lonnie Jordan (singer/keyboardist), Harold Brown (drums/vocals), the late Thomas “Papa Dee Allen (congas/timbales) and Charles Miller (saxophonist/flutist).
WAR toured extensively across Europe and the States, garnering rave reviews from mainstream and music press alike. England’s New Music Express called WAR “the best live band I ever saw” after their first UK gig in London’s Hyde Park. The band’s popularity has grown steadily as a result of the commitment to being road WARriors combined with television appearances, record sales, use of their music in film, television and commercials, samples and covers by other recording artists. WAR now tours over 150 dates a year to audiences ranging from tens of thousands to intimate clubs.
WAR’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. Perhaps, nothing epitomizes this truth greater than the fact that WAR has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles, over twenty years apart, for its music making positive contributions to the betterment of the community. “There will always be a reason to play our songs,” says singer/keyboardist Lonnie Jordan.