by Carol Thompson
Kenny Loggins took center stage Friday evening during the 25th annual Harborfest celebration as thousands of people descended on Breitbeck park to hear the 64-year old music legend belt out tunes from the 1970s and 1980s.
The opening act for Loggins was his own band, Blue Sky Riders featuring Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr and Loggins. The crowd was not as large for the opening act, however, began to fill in as the time approached for Loggins to take the stage under his own billing.
Loggins continually engaged the audience as he alternated between rock music and softer ballads such as “Return to Pooh Corner.” His hit song “Footloose” from the movie of the same name, had concert goers on their feet, dancing and clapping. The performance of “Whenever I call you friend” mellowed the audience, many of whom sang along.
Loggins engaged the audience with his hit song “Celebrate Me Home,” having everyone sing the chorus to mimic the sound of his original cut that included gospel singers.
Loggins was popular in the 1970s as he teamed with Jim Messina. As Loggins and Messina, the duo recorded songs such as “Danny’s Song” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance.”
Loggins and Messina split in 1976 and Loggins launched a solo career, winning a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal in 1980 for the song “This is it.”
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