FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tickets on Sale Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.
Hollywood, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2017) – KC and The Sunshine Band returns to boogie down at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. Fans will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
KC and The Sunshine Band is still as widely popular today as they were when they first burst onto the music scene nearly 40 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – “KC,” for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, yielding an impressive string of hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Do You Wanna Go Party” and “Shake Your Booty.” With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC and The Sunshine Band was one of the most progressive bands of the ‘70s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music.
For the first time in more than a decade, KC and the Sunshine Band returned in 2015 with a new album, “Feeling You! The ‘60s.” The album is a tribute to the era that shaped KC into the revolutionary artist he became in the ‘70s, as a young person becoming acquainted with the world around him. Just like the rest of America during that time he was shaped by the music, conflicts, innocence, sex, social and political movements and counterculture of the era – which led to him founding the Dance Revolution and teaching the world how to boogie.
“The widespread social and political issues of the 1960s was, in part, the inspiration to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy,” said KC. “People were looking for something that would divert their attention from the negative aspects of everyday life surrounding them.”
The release of “Feeling You! The ‘60s” was part one of the two-part Feeling You project, and features covers of songs by ‘60s legends Bob Dylan, Ben E. King, The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, Jackie DeShannon, Aaron Neville and many more.
Continuing his legacy as The Founder of The Dance Revolution, KC started working in the music business at age 17, performing menial tasks around the T.K. Records/Studio complex in his hometown of Miami.
The Sunshine Band originated in 1973. The band’s first record, “Blow Your Whistle,” made the Top 15 on the R&B Chart. The Sunshine Band’s second album, “KC and the Sunshine Band,” was released in 1975, went triple platinum and contained the No. 1 hits “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogies Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.” They became the first act to score four No. 1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those singles crossed over to become No. 1 R&B, as well.
KC’s third album, “Part 3,” released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the No. 1 singles “I’, Your Boogie Man,” “Shake Your Booty” and “Keep It Comin’ Love.” The band’s string of hit singles continued with “Boogie Shows,” which was included on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, “Please Don’t Go” and “Yes, I’m Ready,” a duet with high school friend Teri DeSario. KC returned to the charts in 1983 with “Give It Up,” which also hit No. 1 in the UK.
KC won a songwriting Grammy Award in 1976 for Best R&B Song for “Where is the Love,” which was recorded by Betty Wright. He also received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year in 1978 for his work on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. In 1975 he won the American Music Award for Best R&B Artist. In 2001, KC was honored with the NARAS Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy.
KC’s music has also been featured in more than 200 commercials and movies, such as “Forrest Gump” (“Get Down Tonight”), “Boogie Nights” (“Boogie Shoes”), “Boys Don’t Cry” (“Rock Your Baby”), “Rush Hour” (“Get Down Tonight”), “Carlito’s Way” (“Rock Your Baby”, “Shake Your Booty” and “That’s The Way I Like It”), and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” In the summer of 2003, KC had a cameo in the feature film “The In-Laws” starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks.
From the time of his biggest hits, KC has toured regularly in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. In 1995, he recorded “Get Down Live,” a concert album that was gleaned from his performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Peru and Melbourne, Australia. KC’s “The Best of KC and the Sunshine Band” went gold in 1999. KC and The Sunshine Band celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1999 with a commemorative double CD release titled “The 25th Anniversary Collection,” and in fall of 2001, KC released an album of all-new material entitled “‘I’ll Be There for You.” Proceeds from the title song, released as a single, were donated to the September 11 relief effort.
In 2002, KC received the coveted Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where Dick Clark and music producer Michael Lloyd turned out to honor him. “That’s the Way I Like It – The Harry Wayne Casey Story,” a book that chronicles KC’s career, was published in the Fall of 2002.
Tickets cost $70, $59, and $50.* All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room.
Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 174 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
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