This Band Will Get Massachusetts Shaking Its Collective Booty as Live Music Returns
As the world gets more complicated, the desire to reach back to a simpler time is stronger than ever. Get ready, because although the concert scene has been pretty quiet because of the pandemic, that's about to change. It seems like everyone is touring this summer, and that includes a lot of nostalgic performers.
Elton John, Steve Miller, Journey, The Eagles, Bon Jovi, Barry Manilow and many others are hitting the road to make up for time and money lost to COVID.
One act that I am looking particularly forward to seeing this summer is K.C. & The Sunshine Band. That's right, K.C. & The Sunshine Band will rock the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on July 29 and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on July 30.
The 1970s and '80s nostalgia are back!
I've never been a big fan of disco music, but the genre was born out of the necessity of the masses to escape from reality. Disco, mindless lyrics, and gyrating beats hit as Richard Nixon was departing post-Watergate. Vietnam was winding down. Gas shortages and high-interest rates loomed largely. Disco drowned out the noise and made people happy. It got them moving.
The New Bedford area was pulsating with the beat with discos everywhere: Marco's Pub, The Hangers, Alhambra's and Billy Wood's Wharf, to name a few. K.C. & The Sunshine Band blared from oversized speakers and under the disco balls at every one of them.
Harry Wayne Casey launched K.C. & The Sunshine Band in Florida in 1973. The band had tons of mega-hits like "That's The Way (I Like It)," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Keep It Comin' Love," "Get Down Tonight," and "Boogie Shoes." The songs are timeless and cross all generational lines.
A little trivia: Wikipedia says the band was originally titled K.C. & The Junkanoo Band. Personally, I'm glad they changed it. K.C. retired in 1985, but a disco revival in the 1990s put him back in the game.
Here's hoping K.C. & The Sunshine Band have a successful tour, and other great bands from that era head back out on the road, too.