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Q&A with Felix Cavaliere

Their music can be heard across the globe, spreading the timeless message of peace, love, and happiness. The “Young” Rascals first arrived on the scene in the early ‘60s, and within two-to-three years time, they climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list, with nine hit singles, including such chart-toppers as, “Good Lovin,” “Groovin,” and “People Got to Be Free.”

The original Rascals consisted of four kids from Garfield, New Jersey, who were given their shot at the big time after catching the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein, following a high-energy performance at Long Island’s elite club, The Barge.

“Long Island was where the Rascals were discovered,” said keyboard player/vocalist Felix Cavaliere. “Everything began for us out there.”

Originally written for the Sept. 10 – 16, 2014 edition of The Farmingdale Observer. 

What To See At The 2015 Great South Bay Music Festival

Photo/WBAB.com

Photo/WBAB.com

For the ninth edition of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, promoters with J. Faith Presents decided to go all out – expanding the yearly music festival to a four-day family-friendly affair in the heart of Patchogue.

Since its inception back in 2007, festival producer James Faith has watched the popularity of the festival grow leaps and bounds, quickly becoming the largest celebration of music and arts on Long Island.

“I believe that this fest resonates with true music lovers,” Faith said in a statement. “Music lovers that can really appreciate all styles of music and are open to new sounds and musical experiences. I’ve gotten the best feedback from people who say: ‘I loved Carolina Chocolate Drops or Umphreys McGee or Martin Sexton. Thanks for turning me on to them.'”

Prank Shines New Light On Neglected Park

IMG_5014.JPGIt may have been an April Fool’s joke, but what made the prank work isn’t as funny.

On April 1, the blog ilovefreeconcerts.com, which serves as a calendar for free concerts in New York City, announced that the Walt Disney World Resort purchased the World’s Fair grounds at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park from the New York City Parks Department, with plans of hosting a yearly music and technology festival.

“I can’t believe anybody took that joke seriously,” Kim Ohanian, Community Board 7’s parks committee chairwoman, said.

This story originally appeared in the April 14, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune. 

2014 Great South Bay Festival Preview

Festival producer James Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival eight years ago, in 2007, he started small, booking legendary folk musician Richie Havens as the headliner, growing little-by-little each year. Now, eight years later, headliners include such big name musicians as the legendary B.B. King, moe., Taking Back Sunday, Anders Osborne, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds to name a few.

The Great South Bay Music Festival 2014 @ Shorefront Park Runs July 18-20 and features over 50+ bands 

Must See Performances

10481598_10152254710982684_3491936927864655992_nTaking Back Sunday 

To kick off the eighth installment of the Great South Bay music festival, who better than Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday? The five-member post-punk outfit led by guitarist Eddie Reyes and frontman Adam Lazzara will close off the first night of the festival, performing hits like “MakeDamnSure” and “Liar (It Takes One to Know One)”.While the band won’t actually perform on Sunday, this will be their only New York performance, making Taking Back Sunday a must-see for any festival-goers.

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With the recent release of No Guts, No Glory, moe. has been busy with their international tour. Following its performance at the Great South Bay Festival, the band will be headed for Japan and then Germany for three performances before returning stateside for Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn. less than a week later.

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B.B. King

Musical icon Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner King is a blues legend who needs no introduction. On Sunday, B.B. King and his lovely Gibson guitar Lucille, will be performing at the Blue Point Brews stage to close off the final night of the festival with a performance guaranteed to rock the house down.

 This Story Originally Appeared On LongIslandWeekly.com

Capitol Theatre Once Legendary, Rocks Anew

IMG_3871The Capitol Theatre in the Village of Port Chester was constructed at the peak of the roaring 20s, but is seldom remembered as a playhouse or movie theater. Like the historic rock venue the Fillmore East in Manhattan, the Capitol was created with different uses in mind but didn’t really become a household name until the 1970s, when the marquee featured rock icons like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.

To “deadheads” and hippies across the nation, this stoic landmark has an even deeper meaning in the annals of music history when in 1970, the Grateful Dead outperformed anyone who had ever set foot in Port Chester, with a record 18 shows in a single year. Originally planning to play 21 nights at the Capitol, The Dead unexpectedly cancelled their last three performances in December of that year, before hitting the airwaves with a radio apology to the fans in Port Chester.

This story originally appeared in the Sept. 7, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review.

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