WAR with The Family Stone and the Bar-kays An American Original; WAR was the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that forever fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up; a musical melting pot and an enduring influence that has sold nearly 50 million records to date. Today, WAR is a permanent part of America's pop cultural landscape: a touring act that performs 150 shows a year and whose catalogue of timeless hits permeates our everyday lives. Sly & The Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late '60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought. Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock's history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group's message. The Family Stone's arrangements are ingenious, filled with unexpected group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. “Where there’s smoke there’s fire,” the saying goes. But where there’s smoke and fire, it just may be a live performance by The Bar-Kays. The funk-o-matic Memphis group has been setting audiences ablaze for the past four decades. Originating as the Stax Records’ house band in 1966, The Bar-Kays were born from soul music and turbulent times. The Bar-Kays have a career total of 29 albums, including 1 platinum album, 5 gold albums, and 20 top ten singles. Their career has been documented in music institutions such as The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.