Kool & the Gang 'Keeping Funk Alive' This Summer, Lalah Hathaway Hits the Road & KING Goes Vinyl: R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs

Kool & the Gang photographed in 2016
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Kool & the Gang 

The indefatigable Kool & the Gang, which has been celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be “Keeping the Funk Alive” this summer. That’s the name of the multiple-award-winning band’s upcoming tour, featuring a supporting cast that includes Prince protegés Morris Day & the Time, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane. The eight-date run starts July 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ends Aug. 28 in Los Angeles. Additional information is available through

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Three-time Grammy Award winner Lalah Hathaway is currently on a 17-city trek. Upcoming stops ( include Austin, Texas (May 29), Newark, New Jersey (June 10), New Orleans (Essence Festival, June 30-July 3), Los Angeles (July 22) and Chattanooga, Tennessee (Aug. 20). Beforehand, Hathaway -- who won her third consecutive Grammy in February for best traditional R&B performance (cover of dad Donny’s “Little Ghetto Boy”) -- will guest on TV talk show The Real on May 23, performing “Little Ghetto Boy” featuring Snoop Dogg and Terrace Martin.

Critically acclaimed trio KING will re-release their debut album We Are KING on vinyl July 12. In the meantime, KING’s twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother have added collaborations with Corinne Bailey Rae and Robert Glasper to their repertoire. The pair count production, performance and co-writing credits on Rae’s new Capitol album The Heart Speaks in Whispers via several tracks, among them “Green Aphrodisiac,” “Been to the Moon” and “Tell Me.” For Glasper’s forthcoming Miles Davis-inspired Sony album, Everything’s Beautiful (May 27), KING wrote, produced and arranged the track “Song for Selim.” Stevie Wonder, also featured on Glasper’s project, has invited KING as special guests -- along with Pharrell Williams and Rae -- for his British Summer Time festival gig at London’s Hyde Park on July 10. Now extended through the summer, KING’s tour schedule includes a June 11 performance at New York’s SummerStage (


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