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.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).