Felix Cavaliere has done a couple of stints on the annual Hippiefest tour. But even though he enjoyed his biggest hits with the Young Rascals/ Rascals during the mid-and late-60s, he still takes exception to the moniker.
“I think it’s silly,” says Cavaliere, 64, whose parade of hits include “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin,’ ” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free.” “I don’t think any of these bands are hippie bands. The first year we did it we had Country Joe (McDonald) and that clown from the Woodstock festival (Wavy Gravy). But other than that, everybody else was a fairly legitimate rock band.
“But the point is, that’s what they call it. They ask me to work, and here I go. And it’s so funny; the people dress up as hippies, and that in itself is worth the price of admission, let me tell you.”
Cavaliere’s latest Hippiefest run comes at an auspicious time for the New York-born singer and keyboardist. Last year he released a new album, “Nudge it Up a Notch,” with
Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper, and the two are currently working on a follow-up. And in June, Cavaliere and his Rascals writing partner Eddie Brigati were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“That was an amazing night,” he says. “And I certainly appreciate that (honor) because I think one of the things you look for is to be around when you’re not around, and those songs, I think, are gonna be around for awhile, and that’s a real treat for me. There’s somethin g about that that just appeals to me, being here without being here. It makes you feel like you left something for the world, y’know?”
Hippiefest 2009 with Felix Cavaliere, the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Mountain, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland and ex-Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 21) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35.50 pavilion, $10 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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