The voice behind hits like “Boogie Shoes,” “Shake, Shake, Shake Shake Your Booty,” and “That’s the Way I Like it” will be gracing the stage at Pecan Grove West Park this week for Sherman’s annual Lights on the Lake free concert. KC and the Sunshine Band will be performing the free concert at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, the day before Independence Day.
The park opens for Lights on the Lake at 4 p.m., but the fireworks will not start until 9:30 p.m. There will be food trucks on site, as well as a kids fun zone and a disco-themed dance off is also planned.
While Harry Wayne Casey and his band are most well known for songs from the ’70s and ’80s, the band is still writing and recording music. The group’s latest singles “Give Me Some More (Aye Yai Yai)” and “Movin’ Your Body” were released within the last two years.
The group’s last album, “Yummy” was released in 2007 under the label Sunshine Sound.
“Whatever you call it, it is really disco music,” Casey said during a 2012 interview with the Herald Democrat. “It makes you feel good.”
During that interview, Casey said he loves when people associate his music with fun and good time and explained all of his songs are special to him because he associates them with making people happy.
“I wrote these songs to connect with life and with people,” Casey said. “For them to still be played so much in sporting events, on television shows and in movies … it just validates everything that I did. It just builds up everything that the critics tried to tear down. It just validates how great those songs really are.”
Casey also talked about advice he would give someone no matter what a person wants to do with his or her life.
“Just do whatever it is that you love,” he said. “If you can’t be at the top of the game … then just get in the game somewhere and work your way up from there.”
Casey said people should also always follow their hearts.
“Life is like a ladder and you don’t always have to take steps up,” he said. “Sometimes it is OK to hold on a step, but don’t take steps down.”
Casey said he is happy to be holding onto a step that allows him to keep entertaining people with music that leaves them feeling good when they leave the show.
“I think I am at the top of my ladder,” he said. “I don’t know what else could happen to me. I have reached a lot of my goals. I made it to the top of my ladder. I am in a good place and just content with my situation.”