KC and the Sunshine Band at Rocksino
Harry Wayne Casey, better known as the leader of KC and the Sunshine Band, transformed the Hard Rock Rocksino
into a 1970’s discotheque. The stage featured a multicolored backdrop adorned with the familiar KC and the Sunshine Band logo and a large mirrored ball directly overhead to help give the venue a ‘70s vibe.
As the lights dimmed, each member of the band took the stage one by one for a few seconds in the spotlight. The band consisted of four dynamic horn players, a guitarist, a bass player, two keyboardists, a drummer, a percussionist, two backup singers/dancers and two dancers. Each member was dressed in black with different colored “Chuck” high top shoes. “KC” eventually made his way to center stage also dressed in black. He and the band let the crowd know right away that they were in for a party, opening the show with a one-two punch
of “Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes”.
Everyone in the middle aged (or older) audience was on their feet, groovin’ like it was 1977. The only thing missing was a multicolored dance floor.
The leader of the band has put on some weight since his hay-day. In a self-depreciating way, he joked “I’m 64 years old, what the hell happened?” He continued “That’s ok, this is what Justin Timberlake is gonna look like in 30 years!”
He wore a headset microphone which allowed him to dance and spin across the stage, or play on his golden mirrored keyboard. Standing center stage, he then went into the first number one song of 1980- “Baby, Please Don’t Go” which topped the charts in January of that year. The band also played a couple of songs off of their new album “Feeling You- The ‘60’s” which features some of his favorite songs from the 1960’s.
Casey sang “Bring it on Home to Me” popularized by Sam Cook and a disco version of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me”. Like any good concert from the ‘70s, back-up dancers and singers went through several costume changes throughout the show, including black and silver shiny leotards complete with arm fringe. It was something that could have been seen on Solid Gold.
Even Harry Wayne changed his shirt a few times to give himself a different look, or perhaps just to freshen up as
each shirt became drenched from all that booty shaking.
Casey said that he wrote his first number one song in 1974. However, it was not a song for his band: rather, that song was given to George McCrae and “Rock Your Baby” shot to the top of the charts. Casey went on to say “Rock Your Baby” started the whole disco craze. He eventually went on to write four other chart toppers and two songs that landed at number two.
To think, all of this was done before he turned 30. Not too bad.
In the middle of “Baby Give It Up” the band played a little bit of the Commodores “Brick House” and the Jackson’s “Dance and Shout” which brought the near capacity crowd to a disco frenzy.
The dance party came to a close with the ubiquitous “That’s the Way (I like It)” complete with streamers being shot into the crowd from the stage. After the 90 minute set of ‘70s nostalgia, everyone left the venue with just the right amount of medicine for their Boogie Fever.