Spending an anniversary evening with KC and the Sunshine Band — and even though we moved to the groove a bit, we didn’t exactly shake our booties

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!).

Kay and me at the Levitt Pavilion for KC and the Sunshine Band. There was an opening act, a funk/soul band called Retrophonics that was really good, but few of the spectators seemed to pay much attention until their last couple of songs.

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.

These two infrared photos from our wedding day on 9/24/94 were taken by Kay’s older brother Corky. She and I laid eyes on them for the first time on our 28th anniversary Saturday. Corky says he’s pretty sure they were salvaged when, after his home and whitewater rafting business in northern California were destroyed in a flood in about 1995, someone found a bag with undeveloped film that had been in his refrigerator (the fridge floated downriver). Corky was able to get four images off the film, and these are two of them.

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!



2 thoughts on “Spending an anniversary evening with KC and the Sunshine Band — and even though we moved to the groove a bit, we didn’t exactly shake our booties

  1. We saw KC & The sunshine band a few years ago at the State Fair Of Texas. He had a bunch of young guys in the band and he let them shine. They played everything we wanted to hear and a few we had forgotten about. Great show, and a heck of a good time

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    1. That’s awesome, Karl! Yes, he has a bunch of young members — on keyboard, one of the two drummers who’s awesome and did a long solo before the rest of the band came out for the encore. Other young folks on sax and brass, the backup vocalists and the dancers. It’s a pretty big group. KC and the older drummer are the lone longtimers. The band’s sound was outstanding. Kay’s only gripe was that they dragged out some of the songs too long. 🙂


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