Riveredge Announces First Summer 2016 Concert, Kool & The Gang on Friday, June 24

AURORA, IL – In over four decades, Kool & the Gang has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, won two Grammys and seven AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On Friday, June 24, 2016, Kool & the Gang will bring their funky jams to downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these music royals rock the Fox with hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.”

To add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. With writing partner Lionel Richie, McClary is responsible for some of the biggest dance hits ever, including “Brickhouse” and “Too Hot to Trot” and ballads like “Easy.”

Online ticket sales started today at RiverEdgeAurora.com, making tickets to Kool & the Gang a hot new option for holiday gift-giving. Tickets are only $30 through May 31, and $45 after.

Phone and in-person sales start Saturday, December 26 at 10 a.m. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Aurora’s popular summer concert venue, RiverEdge is located at 360 N. Broadway, directly across from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center, on the east bank of the Fox River. Note: This event is general admission only. Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs.


Get down on this original music video by Kool & the Gang
Get down on this original music video by Kool & the Gang


About RiverEdge Park

In only its fourth season, Chicago and Chicago’s western suburbs have a terrific summer destination in RiverEdge Park, a beautiful outdoor concert venue in downtown Aurora.

Anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion, RiverEdge is a general admission park with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel anda gorgeous view on the banks of the Fox River.

RiverEdge is easily accessible from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra Lot, with additional private lots surrounding the Park and in downtown Aurora just a few blocks from RiverEdge.

Food and drink are available for purchase inside RiverEdge Park. Concessions at RiverEdge offer a diverse food menu along with a bar featuring a selection of domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. A busy row of festival food vendors will also set up tents to sell everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes. No outside food or drink (except sealed water bottles) are allowed in the park.

Scheduled events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre.

For more information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666.

Photo Caption: Kool & The Gang (left) and Thomas McClarey