Thursday August 4, 2011 / 7:30pmHippiefest: Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Gary Wright
Section B (Today Only)
How was your experience?
the show started off precisely at 730 while it was still daylight, which meant low energy from the crowd. Felix Cavaliere of the Young Rascals came out first playing the keyboard and immediately cranked out a couple of their hits, which got the crowd 'groovin'. He also played a couple hits from some other artists, which were passable at best. Next came Rick Derringer, who opened up with Hang On Sloopy and told us about the 2nd verse which was banned from radio play (due to sexual innuendos) and naturally closed with Rock N Roll Hootchie Koo. the guy can still kick some butt on the guitar. he was joined by Gary Wright (his two hits came in the mid 70's, so not sure why he was part of the Hippiefest), but he can still belt out the tunes. Mark Farner came on stage, and pretty much blew the crowd away. most people had forgotten how many great hits he was responsible for, and his version of I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home) was truly epic. I'm telling you, the joy he exhibited, the gratefulness of still being around and being able to shred on the guitar the way he did was borderline inspirational (like he says instead of saying "knock em dead" it should be "knock em alive!!). Everyone in the crowd joined in the celebration (especially those who partook in the age old tradition of smoking a joint). At this point, the backup band left, to be replaced by Dave Masons own guys. All I can say is "WOW". it didnt matter what songs he played, each one was better than the last. the only disapointment was that the show had run a bit long, and with the self imposed curfew at the Greek, he didnt have time to play "Only You Know and I Know". That would have been the ultimate capper. Nuff said.