Peace, love and happiness coming to Furth with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Felix Cavaliere

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals will bring their message of peace, love and happiness to the Ryan Concert Hall on June 8 as part of Trine University’s Summer Concert Series.

The group will perform beginning at 8 p.m. in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$60 and go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at trine.edu/furth.

Legendary singer-songwriter Felix Cavaliere’s illustrious 50-year career includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame. The classically trained pianist, born in Pelham, New York, idolized Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cook. He embraced the Hammond organ and pioneered a fresh, rock and roll sound. Upon leaving Syracuse University to form the Escorts, Cavaliere became a backup musician for Joe Dee and the Starliters, and later Sandy Scott.

Early in 1965, Cavaliere formed the “Young Rascals” with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. That October, they caught the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein with their high-energy set at Long Island’s elite club, Barge. Signed to Atlantic Records and now called The Rascals, the group’s mega hit “Good Lovin’” struck No. 1 in February 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’ ” (No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968). The Rascals are considered the best “blue-eyed soul” group to come out of the 1960s, as well as one of the groups with the most record sales.

By the early ’70s, The Rascals experimented with more jazz-influenced sounds and moved to Columbia Records. The group disbanded in 1972.

Cavaliere’s solo career thrived during this decade. He released his self-titled debut album with Todd Rundgren as producer. His follow-up albums were Destiny (1974), Castles in the Air (1979) (Castle in the Air produced another Top 40 hit –“Only a Heart Sees” reached No. 2), Dreams in Motion (1994) and, in 2008, he collaborated with Stax guitar legend Steve Crooper on the Grammy-nominated Nudge it Up a Notch and again in 2010 with Midnight Flyer. Cavaliere calls Nashville home base, where he is constantly collaborating and writing new material.

Trine’s Summer Concert series also includes hard rock and heavy metal pioneer Blue Öyster Cult, which will perform Friday, July 12. For more information and additional concert dates, visit trine.edu/furth.

Photo: Legendary singer-songwriter Felix Cavaliere’s illustrious 50-year career includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame.