The concert is the culmination of the track’s 2009 “Commitment to Community” program which celebrates individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight surrounding communities: East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Saugus and Salem. Each of these cities and towns is being recognized with its own day at the track this summer.
Kool & The Gang’s performance will follow an afternoon of live racing. Special first post time will be 3:00 p.m. with the concert slated for 7:30 p.m. In addition to a full card of racing, the track will provide free family entertainment, including pony rides, carnival games, face painting and a balloon artist. Patrons can have their picture taken with a racehorse and jockey at the track’s “Fan Photo Experience.” Oldies 103.3 FM in Boston will be broadcasting live from the track throughout the day.
Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. They have 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. Additional hits include Jungle Boogie, Fresh, Too Hot, Joanna and Cherish.
Suffolk Downs boasts a rich musical history, which includes the final Boston-area appearance by the Beatles in 1966, a performance by Aerosmith in the 1970s, and a variety of shows and festivals in the last decade featuring acts such as Elvis Costello, Hootie and the Blowfish, the Goo Goo Dolls and the Dropkick Murphys.