Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang have 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 43 years – longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.
Kool & the Gang has continued to tour the world appearing with artists such as Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Roots and a 50-city tour with Van Halen.
As a result, they were honoured with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement award. In October 2015, in the town they sing about in one of their earliest hits “Hollywood Swinging”, Kool & the Gang was honoured to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2016 marked the bands 50th year together and celebrated their milestone by being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and received a touching tribute when a street they grew up on in Jersey City was re-named in their honour: “Kool & the Gang Way”.
Kool & the Gang’s current single “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours)” from their 2017 release signifies a modernization of Kool & the Gang’s unmistakable sound, right down to the dance floor tailored bass grooves and the perfectly timed horns.
Kool’s bass is now displayed at the new Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, and this legendary band continue to delight fans around the globe with their timeless hits.
General Admission tickets
General Admission tickets are free with gate admission and will be available at no cost on site at the ticket booth at the Amphitheatre entrance, and online (with small service fee) – on show days beginning at 11am. General admission tickets do not guarantee a seat in the venue. Max 2 per person.
Reserve seats now!
A limited number of reserved seats are available for purchase online via TicketLeader or onsite during The Fair from the ticket booth located outside the venue entrance within the fairgrounds (subject to availability).
Please be advised, this concert venue has a capacity limit and, for everyone’s safety, we will need to close the venue once this capacity has been reached.
Frequently Asked Questions
Summer Nights Concerts are performed in the outdoor venue, the PNE Amphitheatre. Please be advised, this concert venue has a capacity limit and, for everyone’s safety, we will need to close the venue once this capacity has been reached. This is an outdoor venue and as such, refunds are not given due to inclement weather. The Amphitheatre will open for each concert starting at 7:00pm.
Reserved seating is available at stage front and in reserved bleacher sections for select shows. Lawn Chairs are not permitted in the venue.
The Summer Night Concerts are FREE with Fair Gate admission*, but guests have the option to upgrade to a reserved seat or book a private suite.
Cameras & videos
The Fair at the PNE requires that all photographs or videos taken by guests be used for their personal enjoyment ONLY. Any use, reuse or reproduction for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the PNE is prohibited. Professional cameras and cameras with detachable lenses are not permitted. Cameras are also not permitted on rides.
PNE Amphitheatre: Amenities and Code of Conduct
Book a Private Suite for this event!
Suites are great for entertaining up to 14 clients, prospects, employees, family, and friends.
More information and pricing.