Hit-making singer/songwriter Peter Cetera, best known as a Grammy Award-winning original member of Chicago before launching a successful solo career, headlined the Starlight Concert of Misericordia University’s annual Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival on Saturday, July 29 at the outdoor Wells Fargo Amphitheater in the center of its campus in Dallas.
With over 1,700 fans of all ages spread across the surrounding lawn, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sang his own chart-topping hits like “The Glory of Love” and “Restless Heart” as well as Chicago staples like “If You Leave Me Now” and “You’re the Inspiration,” recorded before he left in 1985 after making 18 albums with the band. He has since produced 10 solo albums and six Top 40 singles, continuing to tour at age 72 with his seven-piece band, The Bad Daddies.
As the sun set on that perfect summer day, Cetera played soft rock into the night while smiling as wide as his many fans. Emily Asher’s Garden Party closed out the Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival on Sunday, July 23. Over the years, the festival has featured artists such as Boz Scaggs, Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Lonestar, and Tom Rush, among many others.
Photos by Robb Malloy/Moon’s Eye Media
by Rich Howells
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