Beginning today and through tomorrow, The Commodores will take the stage as the next act featured in the Eat To The Beat Concert Series.
The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the 1970s. The members of the group met as mostlyfreshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour.
The Commodores originally came together from two former groups, the Mystics and the Jays, but wanted to change the name. To choose a new name, William “WAK” King opened a dictionary and randomly picked a word. “We lucked out”, he remarked with a laugh when telling this story to People magazine. “We almost became ‘The Commodes!'”
The group’s most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was lead singer and songwriter. The band’s biggest hit singles are ballads such as “Easy”, “Three Times a Lady”, and “Nightshift”; and funky dance hits which include “Brick House”, “Fancy Dancer”, “Lady (You Bring Me Up)”, and “Too Hot ta Trot”.
The daily show times for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series take place at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM. All concerts take place in the American Gardens Theater which is found in the Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion. The shows are free and included with Epcot park admission.