As part of Labor Day celebrations, there will be a groovy concert at Fort Sill in August.
Kool and the Gang will perform on post on Aug. 31 and the next day there will be an air show, which was originally scheduled for April.
Read the press release below:
Fort Sill is planning to take you back in time this Labor Day weekend with a concert on Polo Field and the rescheduled air show! You won’t be hearing country music on Polo Field this year as Fort Sill is kicking off the holiday Friday, Aug. 31 with a groovy, funky, 80’s road trip down Memory Lane with Kool and the Gang and a contemporary stroll into the world of southern hip-hop with Lecrae. The show will also feature Special guest Texas DJ, Black Rhino Sound. For those who were bummed when the 100th Anniversary of Fort Sill’s Henry Post Army Airfield was cancelled in April? The airshow has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1. The Friday concert will kick off at 6 p.m., when the gate open, with special guest, Black Rhino Sound Productions. The DJ will get the audience amped up with a mixture of rock, rap, reggae and basically anything else! Up and comer Lecrae will take the stage next.
Critics have praised the authenticity and heightened sensitivity toward the disenfranchised of Lecrae’s work. Such authenticity has been the hallmark of his 7 studio albums and multiple mixtapes, now nearing 2 million sales. Lecrae has won two Grammy Awards, a Billboard Music Award, multiple BET, Soul Train and Dove awards and even an Honorary Doctorate of music. His work includes “Blessings” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, a Top 10 Urban radio hit, and the powerful track “I’ll Find You” featuring Tori Kelly. His first mixtape, “Church Clothes”, was downloaded more than 100,000 times in less than 48 hours. His album, “Gravity,” debuted as the best-selling album overall in the iTunes Store and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. His album, Anomaly, debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Kool is cool
Kool and the Gang will round out the show with numerous recognizable hits. Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Get Down On It,” and “Joanna,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, 31 gold and platinum albums, and, most recently, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. Kool & the Gang’s drum beats, bass, guitar and signature horn lines lace the tracks of numerous artists including the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and P. Diddy.
Gate entry and parking
For the first time, all concert goers 16 years-old and older, will need to have a gate pass or a DoD ID. You can get your pass now for the weekend. You will need to have a valid ID (current driver’s license or passport) and pick up your pass in person at the Visitor Control Center on Sheridan Road. You will be able to get a pass for both the concert and the next day’s airshow. One pass can cover both events. Signs will direct those coming from off-post to public parking. Show area gates will open at 6 p.m. Friday and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. As always, coolers, weapons of any kind and backpacks are not allowed. You are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Be sure to bring sunscreen! All bags are subject to search.
Because Fort Sill had to reschedule the anniversary air show due to frigid weather, organizers were able to plan an even better air show for the 100th year anniversary of the Henry Post Army Airfield which is the oldest airfield in the Army. The Sept. 1 airshow gives aircraft aficionados of all ages the chance to see historic aircraft fly over the Henry Post Army Airfield just like they did 60 or more years ago. The air show will feature more than 20 aircraft displays, 15 flight demonstrations, Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery displays, a Kid Zone and numerous booths.
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m., Signs will direct the aviation aficionados to public parking. The air show will begin at 10 a.m. on the airfield and flying will start at 1:30 p.m.