Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. With the explosion of hip-hop in the ’90s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves made them DJ favorites, and they were second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap-music samples. Kool & The Gang remains one of the most active touring bands, performing hundreds of shows every year. With several original members still in the fold, the 11-piece ensemble counter the deep funk of “Hollywood Swingin'” and “Jungle Boogie” with lighter R&B fare such as “Too Hot” and “Ladies’ Night.” But the time the band plays “Celebration,” the entire house will be on their feet.