Audience members traveled back in time to the 1960s during a recent fundraising show for Hospice of the Calumet Area.
Felix Cavaliere brought his Rascals to Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House on June 9 for the hospice benefit, Songs of a Generation. Proceeds from the show will help establish a music therapy program at the hospice.
The singer/songwriter/musician performed a 90-minute show featuring The Rascals' biggest hits as well as other tunes and cover songs. Cavaliere happily spoke to the audience and talked a bit about certain songs and the '60s.
The Rascals, a rock/soul group established in the 1960s, provided the musical soundtrack for teens and other fans of that era. Their music stood out for its upbeat messages and strong melodies.
Cavaliere's enthusiastic show starred songs such as "A Girl Like You," "People Got to Be Free," "Good Lovin,' " "Lonely Too Long," "It's A Beautiful Morning" and "How Can I Be Sure."
The group, with Cavaliere on keyboards/organ, performed a strong version of Rascals' favorite "Groovin,' " which was blended in a medley of a few songs, including "My Girl," and "Just My Imagination."
Among other tunes on the playlist were "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore," "You Better Run," a cover of "Mustang Sally," and more. Toward the middle of the show, fans got up to dance in front of the stage while Cavaliere encouraged them to have a good time.
Cavaliere told the crowd he was happy to be performing for the benefit. Previously, the singer was a pre-med student and recognizes the importance of a music therapy program.
Opening for Cavaliere and his Rascals was The Spaniels Forever, a group hailing from Gary. (The Spaniels had a big hit back in the 1950s with "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight.")
After the concert, guests went next door to the Porter County Museum for a VIP reception. At the reception, Cavaliere was on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos. The party was catered by Valpo restaurant, Don Quijote.