KC and The Sunshine Band’s Friday night show at Oaklawn’s Finish Line Theater in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was held for 25 minutes since the wardrobe driver was going “80 miles per hour” to get there, the stage manager told the crowd. But when the coveted band of the disco era took the stage, they held nothing back, opening with their 1976 smash “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and followed with “Boogie Shoes,” from the “Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack.
KC told the audience that he loved music and this night would be a journey of songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. KC dedicated the show to a lady named Betty, who he said died July 16th. Her daughter Sharon was at the show.
He said he has been in the business 42 years now.
At 64, KC can still “get down tonight.” He joked about his age saying, “this is your grandmother’s N-SYNC” and “this is what Justin Timberlake will look like in 30 years.”
His real name is Harry Wayne Casey. He shared some great music trivia about something that happened in 1974 when he was 18. He wrote “Rock Your Baby” for George McCrae. Richard Finch of KC and The Sunshine Band is also credited as a writer and producer of this song. KC said this song inspired ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through The Night.”
KC performed an emotional version of “Please Don’t Go,” the first number one of the 80’s. The 60’s were represented when he sang Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home.” I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “Give It Up” were big crowd pleasers. They also peppered in Rod Stewart’s “Do Yo Think I’m Sexy” and “Brickhouse,” from the Commodores.
The band consisted of 10 members and 4 dancers were with KC every step of the way.
Their latest album is “Feeling You! The 60s” He said they will have their “Sunshine Christmas” album out in November.
The crowd seemed in the mood for the concert tonight. Many people wore tropical themed shirts and one fan actually brought an old KC and The Sunshine album to get autographed. The show wrapped up just before 9 p.m.
KC and The Sunshine Band Setlist for Oaklawn
Shake Your Booty
Please Don’t Go
Bring It On Home
I’m Your Boogie Man
Keep It Comin’ love
Rock Your Baby
It’s the Same Old Song
Stand By Me
Give It Up
Band Feature/Drum Solo
Transition/That’s the Way(I Like It)
Get Down Tonight