Rogers, Loggins perform in Sarasota

Van Wezel offers back-to-back concerts by the two Kennys

February 6, 2014 

Two soft-rock legends named Kenny are coming to Sarasota for back-to-back concerts.

Kenny Rogers and Kenny Loggins are slated to perform at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on consecutive evening. Rogers will be there Saturday. As he's pulling out of town for his next gig, Loggins will be pulling in for his Sarasota show on Sunday.

They've both had long careers, and they've remained popular concerts draws even though their record sales peaked in the '70s and '80s.

Rogers is usually considered a country artist, but he's had just as much success on the pop charts with such songs as "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (when he was a member of the First Edition) and "The Gambler." He first gained fame as a member of the '60s folk group the New Christy Minstrels.

The public got to know Loggins when he was part of the hit machine Loggins and Messina, with former Buffalo Springfield member Jim Messina. Loggins then had success as a solo artist, especially with hits he wrote for movies ("Footloose" and "Danger Zone" from "Top Gun" and "I'm Alright" from "Caddyshack") and as a songwriter for other artists (including "What a Fool Believes," which he co-wrote with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers). In recent years, he's had a lot of success with albums for kids.

Details: Kenny Rogers, 8 p.m. Feb. 8; Kenny Loggins, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: Rogers, $65-$85; Loggins, $50-$60. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear

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