FOLEY, Alabama -- Put on your “Boogie Shoes,” “Get Down Tonight” and “Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty” when the “Boogie Man” “Keeps It Comin’ Love” because “That’s the Way (uh huh, uh huh)” We Like It.”
For more than 4 ½ decades Miami-area native Harry Wayne Casey (better known as KC) and the Sunshine Band have been brining their upbeat brand of dance music to audiences worldwide.
Since their self-titled second album was released in 1975, the band has gone triple-platinum twice, selling more than 100 million copies. Their music has also been featured in over 200 movies and television shows, commercials and ad campaigns, everything from “Forest Gump” and “Boogie Nights” to “Desperate Housewives” and the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
On June 27, KC and the Sunshine Band will be returning to the Gulf Coast to play Mobile’s Saenger Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Saenger Theater Box Office at theatremobile.com or through ticketmaster.com.
Onlooker co-editor John Underwood recently sat down for a phone interview with KC to talk about the tour, Mobile and his plans for the future.
JU: I have to admit, when your second album hit big I was 10, so I’ve basically grown up on your music.
KC: Wow! You’re just a young fellow!
JU: I’m 53. Does that seem weird, somebody my age telling you he grew up on your music.
KC: Not at all. I’m 67. If I was in my 20s it would be weird, but I’m not, so it isn’t.
JU: I think it’s a testament to the diversity of your fans, isn’t it?
KC: Absolutely. We try to give everybody something they can relate to. We keep adding new songs and we do some 60s stuff, things that have influenced me. Everything you hear in the show is something we’ve done on an album or previously in our live shows.
JU: Talk about the tour. You perform shows throughout the country, right?
KC: We do about 60 shows a year. We’re doing a couple of shows in April and May, and things will really get cranked up in June. We play pretty much every weekend. We don’t post shows on our website (heykcsb.com) until the dates are all finalized, so you have to keep looking.
JU: The weekend you’re coming to Mobile, you’re doing three shows back-to-back pretty close together, right?
KC: That’s right, we’ll be in Mobile on Thursday, then Louisiana on Friday and Mississippi on Saturday. It’s been a while since we’ve been in Mobile, so we’re really looking forward to getting back down there.
JU: Talk about playing the Saenger Theater. There’s a lot of history there.
KC: It’s just a really great vibe any time you play places that have been around a while. You can really feel the energy from those that have come before you.
JU: My wife and I saw your show at the Greater Gulf State Fair several years ago. It’s a really big production with a lot of energy and a lot of movement.
KC: We’ve got 15 people on stage and we try to put together a show that everyone can enjoy.
JU: Now you’ve got new some new music with the release of the single “Movin’ Your Body” in 2017 and “Feeling You! The 60s” album, which was released in 2015.
KC: We actually just released a song, “Give Me Some More (Aye Yai Yai) with Tony Moran, and released several remixes featuring Nile Rogers. About five years ago, I got bit by the writing bug again and have been working on all new material. We now have enough for a two-CD set that we hope to release soon.
JU: That’s fantastic!
KC: I really hope this is something that our fans will enjoy and maybe even get a few new fans out of it. It’s either going to sell or it won’t, it’s no big deal, but it’s been fun producing new music.