You can’t blame Kool & the Gang for celebrating, partying and having a good time – everywhere.
On a 40th anniversary tour that included opening for Van Halen last month, Robert “Kool” Bell & the Gang will play Friday at The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach.
Formed in Jersey City, N.J., the band has blended jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop into its music through four decades, and their music has lined soundtracks, including “Summer Madness” in the start of the “Rocky” series in 1976, “Open Sesame” in “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) and “Celebration” in “Muppets from Space” (1999).
Kool & the Gang – including Bell and three fellow founding members of brother Ronald “Khalis” Bell and Dennis Thomas on saxophones, and drummer George Brown – helped open the 2012 celebration of “A Capitol Fourth” July 4 on PBS on the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn.
Robert Bell, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, called Monday from New Jersey in a break before a week of several dates across the country and another trip “back across the water” for shows in England, Germany, Monte Carlo and Portugal.
Wherever the band entertains, “We come to party,” said Bell, the bass guitarist.