Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals!
He’s rocked the music world for generations. He’s rocked the hall of fame – and now he’s ready to rock the holiday season! ROCKIN’ THE HOLIDAYS WITH FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS is an all-ages appropriate celebration of joy, compassion, and family. This concert event is a musical journey with a perfect blend of music and entertainment from one of the most celebrated American singer-songwriters. Backed by The Cranston High School East Choir, an astonishing band, interactive video, a soulful voice, and amazing Hammond organ skills, ROCKIN’ THE HOLIDAYS channels holiday favorites with original music from Felix’s Songwriter Hall of Fame songbook. Lift your spirits and sing along to “Good Lovin,” “Groovin,” “ It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Run Run Rudolph,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” and a sleigh full of other amazing hits. And, as a special gift to audiences, hear tracks from Felix Cavaliere’s upcoming album ‘Christmas in Your Arms’ available November 2014.
Few artists in the annals of popular music define a generation. Even less, enjoy universal adoration decades following the recording of their signature songs. Felix Cavaliere is in the rare position where to this day, he remains as loved as he was in his youth. As an inductee in to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Cavaliere continues to create contemporary classics well in to the fifth decade of his career.
From an early age, his childhood was immersed in music. At the age of six, he began a tutelage that found him in piano lessons three times a week, with parental dreams of him becoming a classical pianist. These lessons continued until his mother passed away while he was still a child at 14.
His early musical influences started to take hold in the forms of idolizing the music of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cook. He formed his first band called The Stereos while in his teens, discovered the power of the Hammond Organ, and began to find his own voice. Those early years were ones of trial and error. He recalls, “ I was learning to have a sound, by singing all those great soul songs. Forming The Escorts, he relocated to New York City, and got his professional start as a backup musician for Sandy Scott and later Joey Dee and the Starliters.
Early in 1965, Cavaliere formed the “Young Rascals” with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. On October 28, 1965, The Rascals performed at the Barge, a unique club in the “elite district” of Southhampton, LI. Their high-energy set attracted the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein, and the group was signed with Atlantic Records. Cavaliere remembers this moment in his early career sharing, “The place was filled with celebs having a great time dancing and singing to our music.” The Rascals second single “Good Lovin” went to #1 in 1966. “It was like the launching of a rocket! It started climbing and never stopped until it was number 1.
From 1965 through 1969, the Rascals were one of the biggest groups in the country, with hits that included “Groovin’,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to Be Free,” as they evolved from blue-eyed soul (a term coined to describe them) to pop psychedelia and jazz fusion. Cavaliere sang lead on most of the tracks, while Brigati sang lead on the band’s ballads. The Rascals’ biggest hit, “People Got to Be Free,” was co-written by the two singers, as an impassioned response to the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. he remembers the times of adversity in America offering, “ As members fo Atlantic records, we had a front row seat to all the civil rights events taking place. I had been involved in that battle since my early teenage years. ” The song topped the charts for five weeks in 1968 and inspired the follow-up single, “A Ray of Hope,” written for and about Teddy Kennedy.
Cavaliere embarked on a solo career that thrived throughout the Seventies, releasing his self-titled debut in 1974. In 1997, Felix Cavaliere and his band mates from the Rascals, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, joining inductees Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry among other greats. In 2009 Felix was also inducted into the Songwriter Hall Of Fame. In 2010, a follow-up to his Grammy nominated collaboration with Steve Cropper was released by Stax Records. In looking towards the future Cavaliere states, “ It is such a joy to watch people enjoy music, young people and old, reacting to new music and gold. I am very , very , fortunate.”
Performing with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals: The Cranston High School East Choir!
The Cranston High School East Choir has long established itself as a premiere performance ensemble. Over the past five decades, choirs from Cranston East have travelled the globe, performing in countries such as Russia, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, France and Ireland. Most recently, our choirs have entertained audiences at internationally known Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Locally, the Cranston East Choir regularly delivers performances, free to the public at school sponsored concerts and numerous community events. Each year, the choir participates in the Rhode Island Music Education Association State Choral Festival earning superior and excellent ratings. This award-winning ensemble is a source of pride for Cranston High School East and the City of Cranston.
Check out this performance montage of Felix's hits! A treat from Felix Cavaliere's Rascals to his fans.
Tickets: $35/ $45 / $55