Join us this summer as the immensely popular Hippiefest tour -- featuring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland -- returns to celebrate an incredible era in music and American culture.
Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create "psychedelic symphonic rock," an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. Their self-titled debut album, Vanilla Fudge, quickly rose up the charts to #4 without the aid of a big hit single. In 1968, the group performed their heavy-rocking, trippy, psychedelic version of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on The Ed Sullivan Show and released their second album, The Beat Goes On, that also escalated into the Top 20. Over the years, the band (now consisting of Stein, Martell, Appice and eight-year member, bassist/vocalist Pete Bremy) has continued to perform and record together. In 2016, they released their most recent studio CD, titled Spirit of '67. Last year, Vanilla Fudge celebrated their 50th Anniversary!
When guitar slinger Rick Derringer breaks into his legendary rock anthem, "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," you'll likely see many an air guitar in the audience. Now more than four decades after its release, the hugely popular hit continues to be a staple on classic rock radio and has been featured in several movies over the years. It's a little known fact that 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." In 1966, Rick and the band would find themselves opening up for the Rolling Stones on their entire American tour. Although "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" was written and recorded a few years earlier with friend and legendary guitarist Johnny Winter, it would be Rick's solo version in 1973 that would propel him into the stratosphere of rock stardom. In the past few years, Rick has performed on a variety of package tours including Rock'n'Blues Fest, Rock Legends and Hippiefest.
The hits began for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels at the tail end of '65, with the release of their first hit single, "Jenny Take a Ride!."In 1966, they recorded and began to perform a medley featuring Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny" and Chuck Willis' classic R&B song, "C.C. Rider." The song would quickly enter the Top Ten charts, setting the stage for what was to come that year. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels would follow up their initial hit with two more in '66 including a rendition of the Righteous Brothers', "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and the song that would, ultimately, be their biggest hit, "Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly." A year later, in typical Detroit fashion, Mitch and the band kept their pedal to the metal and delivered another Top Ten song called, "Sock It To Me- Baby!" In 1983, Mitch released an album titled, Never Kick A Sleeping Dog, produced by John Cougar Mellencamp that thrust him back into the spotlight with the Prince-penned song, "When You Were Mine." Mitch has recorded over two dozen albums in his illustrious career and continues to tour all over the world. Known for his incredible live show, Mitch will be bringing all his hits in a night to remember.
If you're aware of such classic rock songs as "Come and Get It," "No Matter What," "Day After Day," and "Baby Blue," then you'll thoroughly enjoy the Hippiefest performance of Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. A veteran of Hippiefests past, Molland returns with the music he helped make famous. Molland formed another band called Natural Gas that would go on to tour with Yes and Peter Frampton. In the years to follow, Joey would perform with various incarnations of Badfinger in addition to putting out a few solo projects. In late March of 2015, a song Joey wrote years ago titled, "Sweet Tuesday Morning," was released on iTunes to benefit WhyHunger. Recorded by Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs), the song features Joey on guitar and harmony vocals. He continues to enjoy performing the hits for fans all year long.
With Hippiefest celebrating its ninth tour of greatest hits that span the generations, here's your chance to show your kids (and their kids) what you've been talking about all these years! Come out and enjoy the fun in an evening