Celebrate the New Year with Kenny Loggins

Published 12:10 pm Friday, December 20, 2013

Kenny_loggins_Photo Credit to Stephen Morales

Kenny Loggins. Submitted photo by Stephen Morales

Among the many venues offering New Year’s Eve entertainment options in Michiana this year, Four Winds Casino is promising one of the biggest events, with Kenny Loggins headlining at their Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, Mich.

“Kenny Loggins will be taking the stage at 10:30 p.m., Eastern time, on New Year’s Eve, and he will be bringing in the new year on stage,” said Denise Martin, vice president of entertainment, food and beverage at Four Winds Casinos. “He’s a Grammy-Award winning artist.”

“This concert is strictly a ‘hits show.’ I’ll be on stage with a full band behind me, playing my hits,” said Kenny Loggins, who has 12 platinum albums to his credit.

“We anticipate that he’s going to have some of those songs that we all love — those hits of the past,” Martin said.

Some of the songs that Loggins is known for include “Celebrate Me Home,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “What a Fool Believes” and “This is It.”

Loggins’ sets may also include some of the chart-topping songs he wrote for blockbuster films like “Footloose” and “Caddy Shack.”

“We all loved that song!” exclaimed Martin, recalling Loggins’ “I’m Alright,” which he wrote after viewing a rough cut of “Caddy Shack.”

He may also sing “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun.”

“I didn’t write ‘Danger Zone.’ Giorgio Moroder wrote that, and they needed a singer at the last moment, so they called me. He wrote ‘Meet Me Half Way,’ too, and I worked with him on that,” Loggins said of the song for the film “Over the Top.”

While Loggins plans to play the hits from his successful solo career on New Year’s Eve, he intends to spend the coming year working on projects with a band that he formed with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman.

“I’ve been working with Blue Sky Riders since about four years ago. We’ve been kicking at it pretty hard. They will be opening for me on the road,” said Loggins, referring to his solo tour. “We have a new album, ‘Finally Home for Christmas.’ The sound is more akin to the Loggins and Messina days. It’s a country-rock group. There’s some of my favorites, like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, in our sound.”

“I hope people will visit www.blueskyridersband.com. I’d love for people to keep discovering that,” Loggins added.

Loggins also has several other holiday-themed projects that he has been working on, including an edition of the book “Frosty the Snowman,” that comes with a CD of songs he wrote and recorded.

“I did ‘Frosty the Snowman’ with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Peter has a publishing imprint. I’d never met him before, but he called and asked me if I’d be interested in doing the project,” Loggins explained. “He’s great! That’s who I want to be when I grow up. He’s a true humanitarian.”

Loggins himself works with a charity organization called Unity Shoppe.

“I helped to start it in Santa Barbara about 20 years ago. They work to collect food, clothing, books and toys for needy families around the holiday season,” Loggins said.

For now, Loggins is excited to be visiting southwest Michigan for the first time. He plans to meet up with an old friend who resides in the area. Loggins is also looking forward to the concert on New Year’s Eve, as he loves to perform live.

“It’s an experience I don’t have anywhere else. It is time-travel,” he has said on his website. “I make a connection with the audience that is special to me and unique in my life.”

Tickets can be purchased for $100 through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 475-3000.