TUCSON, Ariz. – Kool & The Gang returns to Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment’s Diamond Center on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Tickets start at $35 and are on sale starting July 14. Tickets can be purchased through Star Tickets and at Desert Diamond Casino’s Rewards Center. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

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 45 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.

In 1964, Khalis Bayyan and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul, and funk. Eventually settling on Kool & The Gang as the band’s name, they spent the next several years solidifying their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene, supporting acts like Bill Cosby, Ritchie Havens, and Richard Pryor. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements, and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single, “Kool and the Gang.” Fast-forward to 2018 and Kool & The Gang remains one of the most active touring bands, performing hundreds of shows every year.

Friday, September 14, 2018
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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