In a time when everything old is new again, it’s not surprising that Harry Wayne Casey is still packing venues across the nation. For those of you who may not be hip enough to figure out who Harry Wayne is, he’s the front man for K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the band that got everybody on their feet and shaking their booties in the ‘70s.{mosimage}
    If you remember those days of bell bottoms, platform shoes and disco with a certain degree of fondness, you’re not going to want to miss the opening concert of the Community Concerts series, which kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Crown Auditorium at the Crown Coliseum Complex, at 8 p.m.
    The Community Concerts is an all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization whose sole mission is to bring the finest in topnotch entertainment to Fayetteville. In addition to concerts, the group’s mission includes an ever growing list of outreach programs including support for Boy’s and Girl’s Club members and deserving seniors, music clinics for children and a new music scholarship fund. Other outreach programs are only a beat away. The concert series is Fayetteville’s oldest arts organization, having been in existence for 73 years. The group’s goal is to make Fayetteville a better place.
    And nothing will lend itself to making Fayetteville a better place than spending a night remembering the golden days of disco with K.C. and his Sunshine Band.
    The band, formed in Miami in 1973, had its first breakthrough hit in 1975 with its mega hit “Get Down Tonight.” The song topped not only the rhythm and blues charts, but also the Billboard charts. That song was followed with a string of hits, including “That’s the Way ( I Like It), “I’m Your Boogie Man (Shake, shake, shake, shake your booty),” “Keep It Coming Love” and “Please Don’t Go,” which hit the charts in 1979 and was the band’s last major hit. But that hasn’t stopped fans from continuing to listen to and introduce their kids and grandkids to the music of K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
    The concert is the first of four concerts planned for the 2008-2009 season. Other performers scheduled to perform include Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole and Boyz II Men.
    Tickets for the Community Concert Series are on sale now and range in price from $50 to $5,000.         Admission to all concerts is by season membership only. Concerts and attractions are subject to change, and refunds are not available. It is requested that all ticket holders enter the facility by 7:45 p.m.
    For more information, visit www.community-concerts.com


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