Kool and The Gang

There will be quite a “celebration” this weekend on Lower Thames Street in Newport when Kool & The Gang take the main stage at International Yacht Restoration School’s 2017 Summer Gala.

Kool & The Gang, the longest running R&B group in history, will follow in the footsteps of Jackson Browne (2016), The Beach Boys (2015), Lyle Lovett (2014) and Jimmy Buffett (2013) with their performance at the 2017 IYRS Summer Gala on Saturday, July 8th.

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations while performing continuously over the past 45 years. thanks to songs like CelebrationCherishJungle BoogieSummer 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.

The Summer Gala is the biggest and most important fundraiser of the year for IYRS, the Gala raises about 40% of their annual operating costs the night of the event. Proceeds directly support the school and its programs, funding everything from tools, equipment to instructor salaries.

The 2017 IYRS Summer Gala will be Co-Chaired by Anne and Matt Hamilton, Barbara van Beuren and Steve Glascock, and Helene and Archie van Beuren.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6 pm, with Kool & The Gang taking the stage at 9:15 pm.

Tickets to the event are usually by invitation only and are currently sold out.

For more information, visit www.iyrsgala.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.