Skip Martin, formerly of Kool & the Gang, and his seven-piece band will be appearing at South Padre inside Texas Station every Sunday, beginning March 1. With doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the band will be playing jazz compilations from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dance music from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Martin’s tenor voice and warm styles are inspired by artists such as Miles Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Donny Hathaway and have earned him multiple awards in his more than 30 years composing and performing. In 1982, he received a Grammy Award for R&B Song of the Year for the hit song, “Let It Whip,” while playing with The Dazz Band. He was the original lead vocalist and trumpet player for the group from 1978 to 1987, reunited with the group in 1996 and performed with them until 2008.
Martin joined Kool & the Gang in 1987 as its lead vocalist. The band is best known for the songs “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness” and “Open Sesame,” among others. In 2007, the band released the album Still Kool with the single Steppin’ Into Love, which became its first entry on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart since 1989.
South Padre is a 300-seat venue offering an open exterior bar for customers to see lounge entertainment taking place inside the venue. The show is free of charge and open to all ages. Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is first-come, first-served and based upon venue capacity.