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Music Chicago: Playing entire classic album at Oakdale

September 11, 2018 GMT

Chicago comes to Wallingford Thursday, Sept. 20, when the great horn-filled Baby Boomer band plays its classic second album in a concert at Toyota Oakdale Theatre.

Fans of a certain age will remember that the double album’s “Colour My World” was played at every mixer, dance and prom in the early 1970s. Two other brassy tunes from the album, “25 Or 6 To 4” (the title is a reference to writing a song at 25 or 26 minutes before 4 a.m.) and “Make Me Smile,” propelled the group to the A list of American bands.

Folks in that age group also remember reading the album’s hippie-era declaration: “With this album, we dedicate ourselves, our futures and our energies to the people of the revolution. And the revolution in all of its forms.” Whatever. The album was a commercial success and was certified gold (and later platinum) by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The original band took off in the late 1960s after adding local tenor and bassist Peter Cetera and moving from Chicago to Los Angeles. The early names were The Big Thing and Chicago Transit Authority.


After the first set of the Oakdale concert, there will be a sort intermission. The second set, says a band release, will be the “world’s longest encore,” filled with a selection of other hits. The release also promises “the band’s longest show ever.”

Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. $330-$30. 203-265-1501. ticketmaster.com