You may think that disco is dead, and luckily, you’re right. However, some of the legendary groups that survived the age of disco are still around. Kool and the Gang have been performing together for almost 50 years, and their groovy, funk pop style still gets bodies moving and memories jiving to the good old days of soul and the origins of true R&B. Kool and the Gang are strutting their bad selves into the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on September 14th for another memorable night of funky hits!
Old Dogs, New Tricks
What most bands from the 60s and 70s have struggled with in this millennial age of music festivals and pop stars is carving out a space for themselves that isn’t solely based on nostalgia and past hits. For many groups, changing their style isn’t an option, and the reason people come to their shows is to hear those classic tunes from their glory days. However, Kool and the Gang has been one of the more flexible groups in music history, and fluidly shifted their style and sound a handful of time over the past decades. They began with pure jazz, then moved into the growing popularity of R&B and funk. Throughout the course of the 70s and 80s, they became more of a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and even in the past 15 years or so, they have remained on the cutting edge by integrating electro-pop beats and popular tracks that attract new audiences and keeps them relevant and “Kool”!
Although many fans are desperate to hear “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging”, they also find that the more modern sounds of the group, which still maintains four of its original members from 1969, are good at fitting into any generation. That flexibility is the sign of true musical talents, and if these funkmaster pop stars can continue to evolve, there’s no reason why they won’t be touring a decade from now. They just finished up a tour in 2012 with Van Halen, an unexpectedly successful and entertaining pairing that exemplified just how wide Kool and the Gang’s appeal really is. Here is this legendary group getting groovy with one of their best known tunes, “Joanna”.
The Global Stage
Most people associate disco and funk with America, but Kool and the Gang has developed an international reputation for sultry ballads and stunning performances. They may be in the 60s, but they are going strong, and are coming back from a European leg of their most recent tour in Spain and France to arrive at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on September 14th at 8pm. Their popularity continues to grow, and as the four original members celebrate their 50th anniversary of making music together next year, it will be exciting to see where the band will go next, or what far-flung corner of the world will be clamoring for their next tour to swing through.
Be sure to buy your tickets soon for Kool and the Gang at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on September 14th. Also, while you are planning out where you’ll dance the night away, maybe you should book your room at the Tropicana as well, so you know where you’ll sleep the night away! If old school funk mixed with contemporary electro-pop dance beats aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, then don’t miss the hilarious songwriter and stand-up comedian, Stephen Lynch, performing at the Borgata Music Box that same evening!