Two concerts this spring and summer will be celebrating good times in Harford County at the new APG Federal Credit Union Arena.
Kool & the Gang and KC and the Sunshine Band, which both rose to fame in the 1970s and have continued to tour, will soon usher in the arena's debut as a music venue.
Kool & the Gang will bring its R&B sound to the venue, at Harford Community College, on May 10, to be followed by KC and the Sunshine Band on June 15.
"We have identified various artists and we determined that those two would be good ones to have, and we wanted to spread them out, and that is why there is one in May and one in June," Greg Pizzuto, the arena's general manager, explained.
"Who doesn't go to a wedding or some kind of event where you always hear, 'Celebration' and 'Boogie Shoes,'" he said, in reference to two hits from both bands.
Pizzuto said the board of trustees was expected to decide Tuesday night if beer will be served, at the Kool & the Gang show only.
The concerts could pull people from lower Pennsylvania, the entire "Maryland and Virginia area" and as far as New Jersey, he said, according to their research.
Pizzuto said the arena recently did a test concert with a local band just to make sure the venue would hold up for a live show.
"It sounds fantastic. We are very excited to see what happens when we bring some of these national and international recording acts to play here," he said. "When people come in for a basketball game, there is a huge wow factor, and we think there will be a wow factor when people see it has been transformed into a concert venue."
A few other big acts could be in store for the arena. Pizzuto would not release too much information, but said he hoped to get a "cirque-type show," in reference to Cirque du Soleil, although he said it would definitely not be the actual Cirque.
The popular children's show "Dinosaur Train" is also expected to make a stop at the arena next February, and the arena is also in conversation with "a major, well-known speaker" that Pizzuto said would be announced soon.
That means the upcoming concerts could be a sign of things to come for the newest stadium venue in Harford County.