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If that’s the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) you like it, the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena will be the place to be on Aug. 9.

KC and the Sunshine Band is the top act at the next DPAO/Toyota/Car-Freshner Summer Concert Series show. The Village People is the opening act.

The leader and founder of KC and the Sunshine Band is Harry Wayne Casey. He created the group in 1973 in his native state of Florida.

The group’s first album, “Blow Your Whistle,” made the top 15 on Billboard’s R&B chart. But it was the group’s self-titled 1975 album that shot the band to fame. The album went triple platinum and contained the No. 1 hits “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.”

That year, Mr. Casey won the American Music Award for best R&B artist.

KC and the Sunshine Band’s third album, “Part 3,” released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the No. 1 singles “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Shake Your Booty” and “Keep It Comin’ Love.”

Mr. Casey received Grammy Awards in 1978 for album of the year and producer of the year for his work on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.

“I remember that I always wanted to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy,” Mr. Casey says on his website. “I always loved music and I was fortunate enough to grow up in a multi-ethnic area that exposed me to a lot of different cultures and music, from pop to reggae to Latin.”

He experimented putting all three of those music styles together, which led to the birth of KC and the Sunshine Band. The band dissolved in the 1980s, but Mr. Casey re-established the group in the 1990s.

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