The Ohio Players

Aug. 11
7:30 p.m.
Funk, R&B

Existing in one form or another since 1959 (!), the beyond-legendary Ohio Players have mourned the deaths of several members, losing three since 2013, notably singer/keyboardist Walter “Junie” Morrison at the top of this year. But the funk-R&B ensemble, who now perform as an 11-piece lineup, were always a sum of many parts, and it takes more than just attrition to sap them of their collective vitality. In their ’70s heyday, the Players packed their sprawling sound with steamy vocal harmonies, sizzling guitar and bass, and sumptuous horn arrangements. Their songs often stretched past six or seven minutes, seeming to groove infinitely. Many of their hits, most notably their pair of No. 1 smashes, “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster,” are immortal, whether popping up in film and TV (most recently Straight Outta Compton) or woven into hip-hop beats as samples on songs from everyone from Rick Ross to Raekwon to Action Bronson.