08/07/2007

Doesn't just like KC and the Sunshine Band.

Connecticut Post

by Aaron Leo

TRUMBULL Megan Hannan, of Fairfield, doesn't just like KC and the Sunshine Band. " All my wedding songs were KC and the Sunshine Band," she said while watching Harry "KC" Wayne Casey boogie in Indian Ledge Park Thursday night. "We used to dance to this," said Hannan's mother, Judy Mori, of Trumbull. "These guys are really good."

Hannan said she's seen KC and the Sunshine Band, which scored disco hits throughout the 1970s such as "That's the Way I Like It," in concert three times over the last several years.

Kim Nagy, of Bridgeport, is not ashamed to admit her love of disco. "I was a big disco fan back in the 1980s and I still am," she said as she and two of her friends waited for a shuttle to take them from the farthest parking lot. Cars filled up all the lots and some concert-goers had to take a bus from Trumbull High School. Kool & the Gang was also scheduled to play. Tickets were $35 for lawn seats and $45 for chairs.

Marika Fenyvesi, of Shelton, originally from Europe, knows KC and the Sunshine Band from its heyday. "We know a lot of their songs. In Europe, we listened to them on records," she said. Kool & the Gang fans also weighed in. "I saw Kool & the Gang last year when they were on the Green in New Haven," said Geralene Valentine, of Monroe, a friend of Nagy. The concert fit in with Daniela Kalapir's musical style, which is varied. The Bridgeport resident attended with Nagy and Valentine. "My husband likes all music. I've never been to more concerts" since meeting him, she said. She said she attends about four a year, from Elton John and Janet Jackson to Nickelback.

When they arrived at the stage area, KC was performing "Shake Your Booty." He wore black pants, a black T-shirt and a black sport jacket covered with spangly crosses.

Then, he wiped his forehead with a black handkerchief and threw it into the cheering crowd. Dancers dressed in black gyrated on stage while wearing fluorescent boas and later danced a little risque with KC before he launched into "Boogie Shoes." KC took a few moments to address the crowd, which ranged from toddlers to adults. "I turned 56 years old this year," KC said. "What the hell happened?" "Yeah, I'm a baby boomer," he added. Scanning the audience, he spoke to the younger viewers. "We were your mother's 'N Sync. Get a good look at me. This is what Justin Timberlake is going to look like in 30 years," he said. To accentuate his age, he joked that he was making music 33 years ago when Cher was on her farewell tour.