11/10/17: Kool & The Gang “Celebration” 

I was watching the Carolina football game last night, of course, and I certainly enjoyed celebrating that inspiring Tar Heel win! It’s been a long season for UNC, and it was great to finally see something work out in their favor. The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw all the guys celebrating that well-earned win at the end of the game was that classic good-time chorus “Celebrate good times, come on!” It stuck in my mind, I even remember hearing it in my sleep!

The guy who wrote that song, Robert “Kool” Bell, once called it an “international anthem.” Indeed, it is that. It’s the kind of song that translates well, even if you don’t speak the language. Kool & The Gang started as a band back in 1964, when Bell – at just 13 years old – got together with his brother and some other teenage musicians and formed “The Jazziacs.” A couple years later, that group was re-named to Kool & The Flames… which didn’t last long, because of the obvious potential confusion with James Brown’s Famous Flames. It was “Kool & The Gang” that they finally settled on in 1969, when Bell was 18 years old. The band was signed to De-Lite Records, and the following years are music history.

When I think of Kool & The Gang, I think of big hits like “Funky Stuff,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night” and “Too Hot.” There’s one tune called “Fresh” that I particularly enjoy. If you pick up a “Greatest Hits” compilation album of Kool & The Gang, you certainly will not be disappointed.

The lead singer, James “J.T.” Taylor, is incredibly charismatic, as you can easily see in the video for “Celebration.” It’s a superb video, and practically guaranteed to put you in a good mood!

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

Click Here to See Photos of the Grand Opening Celebration!

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