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An Evening With The Rascals

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On View - Oct 07, 2013 - Oct 07, 2013

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The Rascals, formerly known as The Young Rascals, are one of the most influential, and artistically important American bands in rock history. In a time dominated by the English rock acts of the British Invasion, The Rascals not only survived but thrived. The post-twist New York club scene bred the band, an outfit whose sound grew more sophisticated as time went on but stayed rooted in the blue-eyed soul that was its first reason for being. At first a hard-hitting band reminiscent of the early Animals, the Rascals drew from the same well that fed the then-burgeoning garage rock scene. They would go on to lead the way for Blue Eyed Soul to Folk Rock to Protest to Civil Rights, blending white Pop melodies with black soul and R&B muscle. Though they never brandished their politics like some bands, the Rascals truly lived theirs, fighting discrimination by demanding that a black act appear on the bill at each of its concerts. Their music would span the entire decade from the early Go-Go dance parties right through the psychedelic era – and beyond. The band released numerous top ten singles in the mid- and late-1960s, including “How Can I Be Sure”, “Come On Up”, “You Better Run”, “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long”, “Beautiful Morning”, and the #1 hits “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, and “People Got to Be Free”. They went their separate ways in the early 70’s, finally reuniting for one night in May of 1997 when Steven Van Zandt inducted them into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “They were literally the first Blue-Eyed Soul Band to achieve success in America directly influencing thousands of us to this day, very much including the E Street Band,” said Steven Van Zandt.

Join us as we welcome The Rascals’ original lineup-Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli– to The Clive Davis Theater just days before the West Coast Premiere of their new touring show “Once Upon a Dream Starring The Rascals.” The all-new show, which will play at The Greek on October 10, is described as a hybrid of a rock concert and a Broadway show. Moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the band will discuss their career, reformation and their current success as they tour across the country. The band will also take audience questions and will perform.

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