Despite coming to prominence more than 40 years ago, the infectious sound of KC and the Sunshine Band still seems to be everywhere these days. Denizens of the dance floor still express delight when the DJ throws on a KC classic like "Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty)," "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way I Like It," or "Boogie Shoes." And even haters have to admit to a certain amount of guilty pleasure when hearing those songs so unequivocally tied to the sounds of the '70s.
KC, with Harry Wayne Casey at the helm, was the first artist since the Beatles to score four number-one hits in a 12-month period in 1976, and that's in addition to his having garnered three Grammys and an American Music Award. And as if to affirm KC's hallowed status, his music still seems to be everywhere: on television, in movies, as part of commercials, and of course, wherever crowds gather to get down to boogie.
Not bad for a kid from Hialeah who started his music career in a record company warehouse. Casey first found fame in the U.K., well before he returned home to greater glories. And lest anyone think KC doesn't have reverence for his roots, he has a terrific new album (no, we're not being bribed to say that) in which he covers seminal songs of the '60s.
Titled Feeling You! The '60s, Casey puts his stamp on "Stand by Me," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Both Sides Now," and "Bring It On Home to Me" among the 17 selections.
Doubters, take note — KC delivers a K.O. and redefines each with remarkable aplomb, sticking to the spirit of the original, even while inventing new brass-embellished rhythmic arrangements that take these tunes to another dimension.
Don't try to analyze it or overthink it; simply strap on those boogie shoes and groove.
KC & the Sunshine Band, 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $55 to $85 plus fees. Visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
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