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.
In 1964 Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. At first calling themselves the Jazziacs, they went through several other names before settling on their moniker. Over the next several years, they solidified 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 not only introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements, it also was the introduction to a theme, music is the message, that Kool & The Gang stands by today.
Kool & The Gang found a special sound at the unique intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and pop. Their music has been created by the same core of players for over thirty years: Robert “Kool” Bell, his brother Khalis Bayyan, their longtime friends Dennis “DT” Thomas and George “Funky” Brown, and past members Robert “Spike” Mickens, the late Charles Smith, Ricky West, and Woody Sparrow.
Crowds cannot stay in their seats when Kool & The Gang is playing in the house.
The Atlanta Allstars are an absolute out of this world dance band with an outstanding cast of superb musicians and vocalists. The lead singer, Darren Leslie, is no stranger to audiences and event coordinators nationwide. He has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry, performing with Kool & The Gang, The Temptations, Debbie Gibson, Jewel and the SOS Band. Darren was the lead vocalist, choreographer and producer of many of Atlanta’s best party bands for over seven years prior to creating the Allstars. The Atlanta Allstars are geared to please any audience, ranging from hip-hop, to classic jazz and swing. Every member of this star-studded cast, is a seasoned veteran in all aspects of music, including musical productions and recordings.