I an trying to wrap my mind around The Rascals multimedia event, Once Upon A Dream, that Rosemary and I saw last night as we returned to The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY. It’s a blog post I want to do justice to so I can’t publish it yet, but trust me I will as soon as I get the proper time to write my thoughts and observations.
In the meantime let me whet your appetite for The Rascals live. There were many highlights last night. The high point for me was seeing Eddie Brigati sing, “How Can I Be Sure”.
Here is a YouTube video of Eddie Brigati at BB King’s Club in NYC. I just love the adoration Kate Taylor shows him as a fan and fellow musician. What’s even cooler is that he invites his wife up and his brother David Brigati to sing background vocals with him. I never realized until I began to research The Rascals how important David Brigati was to The Rascals sessions.
The video gets even better after Eddie sings, “How Can I Be Sure”. Jimmie Vivino who is playing piano asks Gene Cornish to come up and he plays harmonica as they do “Groovin”. What an out a site session!
Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen have produced a wonderful, nostalgic musical in Once Upon A Dream. Their love of The Rascals is evident through out the production.
Please enjoy for now Little Steven’s induction of The Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997) and their subsequent performance. It will give you a taste of what we lovingly experienced last night 🙂
I applaud what Miami Steve has done here and how it allows us Rascals fans a chance to take part and support the production. I just have to figure out what option I am going to pledge 😉
In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the ‘60’s through their music, will be dramatized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band’s history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.
There will elements of the staging and light design never seen before just as Marc Brickman has done in his earlier groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the Olympics, and Roger Waters’ recent ‘The Wall’ tour..
When I began record collecting in 1966 my focus was to own every Rascals vinyl LP as they became available. They have been the foundation of my music collection these past 46 years.
Gene Cornish autographed their first album The Young Rascals for me a couple of years ago at a Beatles Convention in Stamford, Ct. I’d love to get the rest of the group to sign this LP 😉
Last week I received an invite from Steve Katz on Facebook to join The Blues Project Facebook Page. This piqued my interest as I have a gap in my knowledge to be filled when it comes to their musical legacy. I am enjoying getting back in step with this seminal band from the late 60s. It’s cool to have a founding member create a Facebook Page and share out their personal scrapbook with us.
The last time I saw Steve Katz was several years ago at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Ct. Sikorsky held a concert on the company front lawn and Blood, Sweat and Tears/The Young Rascals (Gene Cornish, Dino Danelli) performed for us. Steve Katz drove down in his van to play and sing, “Sometime in Winter” with BS & T and then drove right home. It turns out that Steve Katz and his wife, Alison Palmer have a ceramics shop, Alison Palmer Studio in South Kent, Connecticut.
I plan to make it a point for my wife and I to visit, Steve Katz, the Alison Palmer Studio and the Kent arts/music scene soon. I love discovering new avenues of art and music in my Connecticut backyard 😉