Concerts

Performing at the Heartland Events Center at 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale now at the Heartland Events Center Office and all Ticketmaster locations.

 


7:30pm • Friday • July 13, 2018 ~ Scott McCreery with special guest Whiskey Bent

Scotty McCreery

7:30 p.m. • Friday  • July 13, 2018

The surprisingly deep vocals of a 16-year-old Scotty McCreery not only snagged him a ticket to Hollywood in the 11th season of “American Idol,” but it also earned him the top spot and a record deal with Mercury Nashville. His 2011 major label debut “Clear as Day” topped The Billboard 200 upon its release, spreading his fresh take on throwback country across the continent.

McCreery, who draws comparisons to the baritone vocals and country twang of seasoned performer Randy Travis, supported superstar Brad Paisley and The Band Perry on tour before taking off on his own string of U.S. headlining concerts. The 2012 Teen Choice Awards nominee for Choice Male Country star is moving more toward the country-pop genre with his sophomore studio set, “See You Tonight,” thanks in large part to his collaboration with producer Frank Rogers (Darius Rucker, Josh Turner). He’s also expanded into the holiday album market with 2012’s aptly-titled “Christmas with Scotty McCreery.”

7:30 p.m. • Saturday • July 14, 2018 ~ KC & The Sunshine Band

KC & The Sunshine Band

7:30 p.m. • Saturday  • July 14, 2018

Whose music has been featured at EVERY major sporting event in the world including the Super Bowl, World Series, Conference Championships, The NBA, Collegiate Bowl Games National Championship Games, the NASCAR racing circuit and championships, The World Cup, The Indianapolis 500, The Kentucky Derby, EVERY Holiday Parade include the famous Macys Thanksgiving Day parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade, Political Party Conventions, Presidential Campaigns, and nearly EVERY wedding, confirmation, and bar mitzvah in the world? Whose music has been featured on more than 200 motion picture film soundtracks?

He has been called the “Founder of the Dance Revolution.” He is Harry Wayne Casey, better known as the founder and leader of KC and The Sunshine Band.

The music that got people out of their seats and onto the dance floor originated with humble beginnings in Hialeah, Florida. KC has never moved farther than 10 miles away from his birthplace and the birthplace of his legendary music underlines the fact that he is proud that his “Sunshine Sound” has flourished continuously for over 37 years.

I remember that I always wanted to do something that would make people forget about their problems and be happy,” recalls KC. “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. I experimented at trying to put all three types of music together and the Sunshine Sound was born. Why move from an area that not only do I love, but owe so much to?

Let’s “rewind” back to 1973. The price of an average home was $32,500. The price of an average automobile was $2,900. The price of a gallon of gasoline was 40 cents a gallon. The United States was still involved in the Vietnam conflict, Richard Nixon was the target of the Watergate investigation, University Students were protesting and rioting, and there was discontent all over the world with rising unemployment and inflation. People were looking for something that would divert their attention from the negative aspects of everyday life surrounding them.

During this time, young Harry Casey did anything and everything that he could do to further his passion for music. He worked at a local record store, opened boxes at Tone Record Distributors and hung around a local recording studio just hoping that somebody would give him a chance to fulfill his biggest dream…to record a record.

That “dream” was answered by a man named Henry Stone who owned both Tone Distributors and TK Recording Studios. KC recalls the early days of TK Records: “It was like a big family and Henry was our Dad.” Stone had recorded Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and James Brown at the TK Recording Studios and took a liking to the energetic and optimistic Harry Casey and decided to give him a chance to make his dream come true…a chance to record.

Nobody would have thought that Henry Stone’s insight and Harry Casey’s talent and enthusiasm would make history and make Miami, Florida the hottest music city on the planet. The “birth” of KC and the Sunshine band was about to happen and nobody knew that its birth would not only bring the world legendary music, but influence a whole generation. From clothing to hairstyles to dance styles to new acceptable words in the English language, KC and the Sunshine Band had arrived! And what an arrival! Four Number one Records in a row, Grammy Awards, Peoples Choice Awards, American Music Awards, and the focus of the music world became Miami, Florida.

Things have changed drastically since 1973. One thing hasn’t changed, though. The infectious, feel good happy music of KC and the Sunshine Band. What started out as a “dream” is now “legend.”

Their first record, BLOW YOUR WHISTLE, made the top 15 on the R&B chart. Their second album, KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND, was released in 1975, went triple platinum and contained the #1 hits GET DOWN TONIGHT, THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT), BOOGIE SHOES and ROCK YOUR BABY. Also in 1975 he won the American Music Award for Best R&B Artist. KC & The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those singles crossed over to become #1 R&B, as well. KC’s third album, PART 3, released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the #1 singles I’M YOUR BOOGIE MAN, SHAKE YOUR BOOTY and KEEP IT COMIN’ LOVE. The band’s string of hit singles continued with BOOGIE SHOES, 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. He also received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, as well as Producer of the Year in 1978 for his work on the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. In 2001, KC was honored with the NARAS Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by a chapter of the Academy. In 2002 KC received the coveted Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. KC’s music is now being sampled by rappers, and whole new generations of fans have been introduced to his music.

Harry Wayne Casey, a true icon of so many generations, gets people up and dancing, making everyone happy. His place at the top in the music world is secure and that is as it should be. KC and the Sunshine Band have been entertaining audiences around the world for over 37 years, and have sold in excess of 100 million records and “That’s The Way They Like It” uh-huh uh-huh!

Performing in the Barn Bar

$5 Admission


 

8:00pm • Friday • July 13, 2018 ~ Luke Mills & the Highway Drifters

Luke Mills & the Highway Drifters

8:00 pm • Friday • July 13, 2018 • $5 Admission

 

 

 

8:00 pm • Saturday • July 14, 2018 ~ Whiskey Bent

Whiskey Bent

8:00 pm • Saturday • July 14, 2017 •5$ Admission

 

The Whiskey Bent Band is a five-man country rock band based in central Nebraska recognized for its high-energy shows, tight instrumentals and front man Tim Zach’s strong baritone vocals. In addition to Zach, Whiskey Bent is made up of Jeff Westwood (guitar), Jeff Wilson (drums), Ryan Northrup (guitar) and John Victory (bass). Combined, the band has more than 80 years of experience in the music business. Formed in 2009, Whiskey Bent writes and performs its own music and covers a variety of top artists that include Eric Church, Toby Keith, Jake Owen, Gary Allan and Johnny Cash.

One of the most sought-after club bands in the Midwest, Whiskey Bent is a regular on the summer county fair and country music festival circuit, including the popular Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kans. Whiskey Bent is known for its 2012 debut single “On The River” as well as fan favorites “Every Bar’s Got One” and “Gettin By.” The band released its first full-length album in 2014, which includes eight original songs.

Whiskey Bent has opened or played alongside national acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Jon Pardi, Canann Smith, Granger Smith, Trent Tomlinson, , Collin Raye, Justin Moore, Ronnie Milsap, Blackhawk, Casey Donahew Band, The Lost Trailers, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Owen.