Get down tonight: KC & the Sunshine Band brings its string of hits to Isleta Resort & Casino - Albuquerque Journal

Get down tonight: KC & the Sunshine Band brings its string of hits to Isleta Resort & Casino

Even Harry Wayne Casey can have a case of the Mondays.

The musician says he seems to have a lot of them lately.

Harry Wayne Casey is the mastermind behind the legendary band KC & the Sunshine Band, which makes a stop at Isleta Resort & Casino on Friday, Aug. 30. (Courtesy of True Public Relations)

“Things are supposed to run smoothly, and I should know better,” he says in a recent interview. “At the end of the day, I remember that I love what I do for a living and nothing should be able to hamper that.”

Casey is the mastermind behind KC and the Sunshine Band. The band, founded in 1973, is known for its hits “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,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Give It Up.”

The band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Isleta Resort and Casino.

Casey keeps a very hectic schedule on the road.

Although he’s performing more shows now than earlier in his career, there’s not as much pressure.

“I’m not having to meet any album deadlines,” he says. “Back when we started, I was writing and producing the band, in addition to touring. That was a rough schedule. I don’t have to worry about that now. It makes it easier to tour, and I have time to enjoy myself.”

Although there’s no deadline, Casey has been writing songs again since 2012.

He has about 50 songs in the can and plans to release at least three albums.

“I have been releasing some dance tracks online,” he says. “We just did one with Nile Rodgers and Tony Moran. I’ve released eight songs that are part of a project, but not part of the 50 songs.”

Casey has also done a few things different from his previous songs.

“I’ve actually written the songs,” he says. “In the past, people would send me tracks and I would do the lyrics. It’s been different, because I go into the studio and put down what I’m feeling at the time. I’m able to create this lyrical universe around the tracks.”

Casey is aware of the impact his music has had on popular culture.

“I knew that many of the songs would be hits,” he says. “It was just a feeling. On that note, I wasn’t sure that ‘Shake Your Booty’ would do anything. It was too simple. But when we unveiled it in Dallas decades ago, the crowd went crazy and it took off. Then again, I’ve been all-in on a song and nothing happened. You really can’t predict the magic.”


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