Hippiefest: Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Gary Wright
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This summer marks the sixth year of Hippiefest, which will feature artists who first achieved stature in the decade that expressed peace, love and happiness. Hippiefest will be one hit right after another providing the ultimate spectacle of music that has spanned the generations meant for all to enjoy.
The tour stops at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring some of the biggest names of the sixties and seventies including Dave Mason (Traffic), Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Gary Wright.
Dave Mason — who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder and original member of Traffic in 2004 — will be bringing his guitar and performing hits from Traffic along with those from his impressive solo career. As the guitarist, a vocalist and one of the principal songwriters for the band Traffic, Mason penned one of the band’s first and biggest hits, “Hole In My Shoe,” followed by another classic hit, “Feelin’ Alright.” He has had a successful solo career with hits such as, “Only You Know and I Know,” and his biggest hit “We Just Disagree,” among others.
Shortly after its formation in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner took his American band to the heights of success. Known for numerous hits including; “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “We’re An American Band” (which would hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1973), “Walk Like A Man,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Shinin’ On,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Bad Time” among others, the band fortified itself in rock history. Since his days with Grand Funk, Mark has continued to perform with his solo band throughout the world.
It’s doubtful that anyone will be sitting in their seats when Rick Derringer breaks into his well-known rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” The song continues to be a staple on rock radio and was featured in several movies including The Spirit of ’76, Rush, Stag, What A Girl Wants and the cult classic _Dazed and Confused. _Before embarking on this year’s Hippiefest tour, Rick will be in Europe with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals also has an incredible catalog of popular songs including three number one hits — “Good Lovin’,” "Groovin’ " and “People Got To Be Free” — among several Top 20 classics as “A Girl Like You,” “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “You Better Run,” “It’s Wonderful,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “How Can I Be Sure” (the latter two of which were Top 5). In June 2009, Felix was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with former writing partner and Rascals bandmate Eddie Brigati. He’s continued to tour over the years, most recently as Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, who will be appearing at this year’s Hippiefest.
Gary Wright is best known for his massive hit, “Dream Weaver,” and “Love is Alive,” both of which would hit the #2 position on the Billboard charts and remain classic rock radio mainstays until this very day. “Dream Weaver” would sell over a million copies shortly after its release and go on to be prominently featured in three major movies:_ Wayne’s World, The People vs. Larry Flynt _and Toy Story 3.