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HIPPIEFEST featuring DAVE MASON MARK FARNER Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad RICK DERRINGER FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS

Start: 10/12/2011 - 20:00 Timezone: Etc/GMT-5 Although it’s been almost 45 years since the Hippie movement began there’s been an annual concert event since 2005 that celebrates the music of the era and the lifestyle revolution it represented – HIPPIEFEST. This summer will mark the sixth year of HIPPIEFEST which will feature artists who first achieved stature in the decade that expressed peace love and happiness. 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 ” which appeared on their first album in 1967. The following year the band would release their self-titled second album that would contain another classic hit by Dave called “Feelin’ Alright ” that would eventually be covered by several artists including Grand Funk Railroad Joe Cocker and Three Dog Night among others. In 1970 he would have his first taste of solo success with the song “Only You Know and I Know.” In 1977 Dave would have his biggest hit with “We Just Disagree ” which would reach #12 on the Billboard charts. Shortly after its formation in 1969 Grand Funk Railroad lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner took his American band to the heights of success. They would release their first album titled On Time in August of that year and follow it four months later with the release of their second album Grand Funk. In 1970 Closer to Home — featuring Mark’s song “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home) — would be released and the band would go on to sell more albums that year than any other American band. As the lead singer guitarist and writer for the majority of their material Farner and company would sell out New York’s Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles in 1971. Since his days with Grand Funk Mark has continued to perform with his solo band throughout the world. In the mid-90′s Mark would join Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for two consecutive tours. He rejoined Grand Funk for a brief stint in the late 90′s before continuing on with his solo career. 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. It’s a little known fact that years before his success as a solo artist Rick had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965 called “Hang on Sloopy.” The song would eventually be knocked out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” A year after its release The McCoys would find themselves as the openers for the entire Rolling Stones American tour. Although written and recorded a few years earlier Rick released his most famous version of the song in 1974 and never looked back… In 1977 he would appear on the last Led Zeppelin North American Tour. Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals also has an incredible catalog of popular songs to choose from… As the vocalist and keyboard player for the group Steven Van Zandt called “the first rock band in the world” (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in May of 1997) Cavaliere and the (Young) Rascals had 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). He sang vocals on six of the band’s successful singles. Throughout the seventies Felix would release a handful of solo albums and in 1980 would score a Top 40 solo hit with “Only A Lonely Heart Sees.” In June 2009 Felix was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with former writing partner and Rascals bandmate Eddie Brigati. HIPPIEFEST will be one hit right after another providing the ultimate spectacle of music that has spanned the generations meant for all to enjoy. Put on your best tie-dye hop in your VW Van and head to HIPPIEFEST where you’ll be able to unleash the Hippie within… Location The Wilbur Theatre246 Tremont St Boston MA 02116United States 42° 21' 1.7424" N 71° 3' 54.3096" W See map: Google Maps Yahoo! Maps MapQuestSponsoring Organization: Bill Blumenreich PresentsEvent Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010046EFE063D22F?camefrom=cfc_boswilbu... Ticket Price/Suggested Donation: $39.50 $45 $100

Sponsoring Organization: 
Bill Blumenreich Presents
Event Website: 
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010046EFE063D22F?camefrom=cfc_boswilbu...
Ticket Price/Suggested Donation: 
$39.50 $45 $100