KC and the Sunshine Band will bring the boogie to the IP

 KC and the Sunshineband
PHOTO COURTESY IP KC and the Sunshineband

BILOXI -- KC and the Sunshine Band have been shaking booties more than 40 years with hits such as "Get Down Tonight" and "Boogie Shoes." Coast residents will surely be dancing in their seats when the band hits the IP Casino Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday.

And the love is mutual, said band leader Harry Wayne Casey, aka "KC."

"I love coming to the Coast," he said in a recent telephone interview with the Sun Herald. "The Gulf Coast was one of the first places to embrace us in the beginning of my career. It's always kind of like coming home for me a little bit. Everybody knows how to have fun and that makes the show so much easier."

Casey said he decided to retire from show business a couple of years ago but he said he didn't stay away from his passion for too long.

"I thought maybe people had forgotten about us, but I came out of retirement and started doing it again and I saw how much people loved us and loved our music," he said. "I knew I should be back out there doing what I love to do. The live show is our connection with the people that have bought the music."

Although Casey sells out shows across the world, he said his audiences change with the venues.

"It all depends on where we are playing and what the age limit is to get in," he said. "If we do fairs and festivals, we can have from babies to grandmas. My crowd has always been diversified. It's great to see generations at the shows."

He said he has no plans to retire again anytime soon. The band released two albums last year, "A Sunshine Christmas" and "Feeling You: The 60s Album," which includes an appearance of Chicago vocalist Jason Scheff on a cover of the classic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."

At the end of the day, Casey said, he still enjoys making people happy through his music.

"This music was created to bring joy into people's lives," he said. "I'm just happy that it still does that, especially in these difficult times."

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