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[Celebrate five years of free performances.]
[Kool and the Gang on Sunday March 3 2002 at 6pm.]
[Photo of the Millennium Stage.]
[The Millennium Stage - The Facts.]
Since March 1, 1997, the Millennium Stage has:
Hosted 18,000 performers
Presented artists representing all 50 states
Hosted 1,200 international artists from 40 countries
Had over one million visitors
Digitally archived over 1,000 performances
   
View Past Millennium Stage Performances:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
The Kingston Trio
Don McLean
Urban Tap
Mya
National Theatre of the Deaf
The Pointer Sisters
Full Broadcast Archives
[Millennium Stage Fifth Anniversary.]
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate five years of free daily performances with a concert by R&B music legends Kool & The Gang. Created as a part of the Center's Performing Arts for Everyone initiative, The Millennium Stage features a broad spectrum of performing arts, from dance and jazz, to chamber music and folk, stand up comedy, and popular favorites every day at 6 p.m.

In honor of the 5th Anniversary of the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center will hold a drawing on the evening of the performance for a weekend getaway for two at Coolfont Resort, Conference, Spa and Wellness Center located in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. As always, there are no tickets required and you can enter the drawing at the performance or online.

View the Millennium Stage live broadcast, online at 6 p.m. daily.

[Kool and the Gang.]
"Celebrate good times…C'MON!"
It's the international anthem "Celebration"-by none other than jazz, R&B, funk, and pop sensations Kool & The Gang.

For our fifth anniversary celebration, we welcome Kool & The Gang to the Millennium Stage. What started in the Jersey City projects back in the 60s has become one of the biggest music success stories of all time. This seasoned supergroup has had hit after hit-from disco sensations "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies Night," and "Too Hot" to their pop smashes "Cherish," "Joanna," and "Fresh." Kool & The Gang was one of the first acts to have its own record label. Their jamming sounds have been featured in a multitude of movies-from Rocky to Saturday Night Fever. And their hits have spanned the decades, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide.

Perhaps most extraordinary is the fact that their sweeping range of music has been created by the same core players for more than 30 years: Robert "Kool" Bell; his brother Khalis Bayyan; their longtime friends Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, Charles Smith, and George "Funky" Brown; plus past members Robert "Spike" Mickens, the late Ricky West, and Woody Sparrow. Ultimately, the Kool & The Gang spirit comes from its members' powerful expressions of individuality. But they always stay true to the music that inspired them-jazz, blues, and R&B.

[The Millennium Stage Online.]
The Kennedy Center broadcasts the daily Millennium Stage performances live over the Internet. If you can't make it to the Kennedy Center but can make it to your computer, you can watch artists live on the Millennium Stage every day at 6 p.m. EST using RealPlayer.

Additionally, all past Millennium Stage performances are located in the archives so you can enjoy any shows you may have missed or want to see again.
[Image of an online broadcast.]
View the Pointer Sisters' performance at the One Millionth Visitor celebration
Related Information
Official Kool & the Gang Website Millennium Stage Guestbook
History of the Millennium Stage Broadcast Archives

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