06/26/2013

Disco favorites KC and the Sunshine Band to perform at Fantasy Springs Casino

Disco favorites KC and the Sunshine Band to perform at Fantasy Springs Casino
By Chris Baptiste, on June 26, 2013, at 12:51 am
KC and The Sunshine Band, along with ABBA, the Bee Gees, and Donna Summer, is one of the major musical figures of the Dance Revolution of the 1970s.


KC and the Sunshine Band. (Facebook)
Their fun, infectious, joyful party music helped to define everything that was good about the Disco era.

You know the songs – “Shake Your Booty,” Boogie Shoes,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and countless other hip-shaking anthems.

Now get ready to dance the night away when KC and his band hits the stage at 8 p.m. on July 6 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Opening up will be the “Kings of Disco,” the Village People.

KC & The Sunshine Band’s music is synonymous with wide-collared polyester shirts, shiny platform high heels, gold chains, halter tops, and John Travolta-style moves on the dance floor. Their music was everywhere in the mid- and late-1970s.

”It was one of those ‘wow’ moments – it was very exciting,” said KC (aka Harry Wayne Casey) when asked about his band’s immediate success after the release of their self-titled second album in 1975. “To be on the radio next to so many artists that I admire – it was the culmination of the American Dream.”

Let’s face it – a disco club that didn’t blare “Sunshine Sound” songs simply wasn’t a discotheque worth its bell bottoms.

But unlike many of their contemporaries, KC’s music has not only endured throughout the past few decades, it’s flourished. Besides a love-of-everything-‘70s that gripped the Nineties and helped dance music enjoy a 2nd wave of popularity, KC’s songs have been included on over 200 film soundtracks.

“I wrote happy, high-energy, feel good music, and people latch onto anything that’s positive,” said KC when asked why his music has remained popular almost 40 years later. “I think our music was the answer & fulfillment of the questions asked in the 1950s & 60s.”

And think about it – practically every wedding since 1975 has had the DJ play at least one KC & The Sunshine Band tune. We’ve all boogied down with our families and friends to “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).”

“Oh yeah – we’ve been played everywhere,” said KC, referring to both weddings and sporting events of all kinds. “Us, along with the Village People, and Chic.”

KC’s stop in the Palm Springs area will also include a day of recognition.

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor KC with a star dedication ceremony the same day of the concert a 3 p.m.

The city of Palm Springs honors entertainment figures who have “made an impact worldwide in the area of show business” and “contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs.”

“It’s a great honor,” admitted KC. “I’m hoping my friend Barry Manilow will be there to present us with the star and hopefully the Village People will be able to make it too.”

For further information and tickets, visit www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.