Kay and I celebrated our 28th anniversary Saturday by listening (not watching, since we don’t have ESPNU) to her TCU Horned Frogs outscore SMU on the radio. Late in the afternoon, we joined our 21- and 18-year-olds for dinner at Shinjuku Station, a favorite family spot in Fort Worth.
After that, Kay and I joined a few hundred other oldies for some retro disco across town at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, where none other than KC and the Sunshine Band came on stage at 9 p.m. to take us back to the ’70s and early ’80s with songs like “Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty),” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Please Don’t Go,” “Give It Up” and others. While there, we couldn’t help monitoring my Aggies’ game against Arkansas, also being played in Arlington, and my Astros’ game in Baltimore (Whoop! Both of my teams won!).
In its heyday, the band had five No. 1 hits and six top-10 singles. We learned something Saturday night I didn’t know — that KC and the Sunshine Band are the only group besides the Beatles to have four No. 1 singles in a 12-month span.
Strangely, KC (whose real name is Harry Wayne Casey) waited until the encore to give us two of the songs we’d all come to hear — “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Get Down Tonight.” KC, who’s now 71 and the only original member left from when he founded the band in 1973 (one of his two drummers has been with the group since ’76), has put on lots of weight but still managed to spend much of the show twirling around the stage and interacting with his dancers, backup singers and other musicians.
Although his voice isn’t what it once was, KC’s band puts out a powerful sound, and his show is more about the entertainment and helping folks have fun — which they definitely did during Saturday night’s 1:45 set by the band.
Here are a couple of videos from the concert to give you a sampling. If you’re too young to know who KC and the Sunshine Band is … maybe you’ll enjoy listening anyway!