Ruth Eckerd Hall has been hosting the annual Hippiefest event since 2008. Past lineups have included artists such as Eric Burdon and the Animals, Badfinger, Jack Bruce of Cream, Mountain and Traffic’s Dave Mason.
This year, Hippiefest provides a showcase five iconic blues-rock artists. The evening will feature performances by such well-known artists as Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers. What better way to cure the summertime blues than with a sizzling rock ’n’ blues festival?
All inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues, these five artists hit the road this summer beginning with a show July 27 at The Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event also will feature a Hippiefest marketplace. Concessionaires will be selling beads, tie-dyes and other reminders of Woodstock, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district and the youth movement that introduced a whole new outlook to life. The marketplace will open at 5 p.m.
Ten Years After
In 1967, four young musicians from Nottinghamshire, England, formed the band Ten Years After. Founding members included Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, Chick Churchill and Alvin Lee.
Ten Years After became one of the biggest names in music and one of the most explosive quartets on the world stage. Their now legendary encore, "I'm Going Home," performed at Woodstock in August 1969, was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a large audience, who were blown away by the intensity of the band's performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released.
The band released nine albums between 1967 and 1974, including “Ten Years After,” “Undead,” “Stonedhenge,” “Ssssh,” “Cricklewood Green,” “Watt,” “A Space in Time,” “Rock & Roll Music to the World” and “Positive Vibrations.” The song “Love Like a Man” off the 1970 album “Cricklewood Green” reached No. 10 on the UK charts. In 1971, the band had a Top 40 hit with "I'd Love To Change The World."
After Alvin Lee left the band for a solo career, Ten Years After ceased recording and touring for many years. A chance opportunity in early 2002 for the other three original members of Ten Years After (bassist Leo Lyons, drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill) to work together again gave them an insight into the intense, re-awakened interest in the band. In 2003, vocalist/guitarist Joe Gooch joined the line-up and the band soon released a studio album
titled “Now,” which was followed by a live effort in 2005.
Today, the members of Ten Years After are eager to re-create the music, energy and excitement they've been known for over the past several decades.
“All the members of Ten Years After are enthusiastic about reuniting with Edgar, Rick and especially Canned Heat again," said Ric Lee in a press release issued by tour promoter Albright Entertainment Group. “Original members Chick Churchill, Leo Lyons and I first performed alongside Canned Heat at the legendary Fillmore Ballroom on our first tour of the United States
in 1968 and have remained good friends ever since. We are also excited to tour the U.S. as we pay tribute to band-mate Alvin Lee, while igniting a new wave of youthful excitement and appeasing long-term fans."
Alvin Lee passed away earlier this year from unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.
Edgar Winter Band
From his critically acclaimed debut release, “Entrance,” Winter has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected.
Spawning the No. 1 hit “Frankenstein” and the ever-popular “Free Ride,” Winter’s album “They Only Come Out at Night” was released in 1973, peaked at the No. 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 and double platinum in November 1986.
Winter invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. “Frankenstein” revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.
Winter’s music has been featured in several major national television and radio and advertising campaigns. In addition, his music can be heard in no fewer than 15 film and television projects.
"This is Edgar Winter, and we will be rockin’ the blues again this year …,” Winter said in a press release. “For those of you who saw us last year, we will be doing a new and very different show.”
Winter is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride” on the album “They Only Come Out At Night.”
“We intend to celebrate the occasion by playing some of the songs from that album I haven't done in years, like 'We All Had A Real Good Time,' 'Hangin' Around' and 'Undercover Man,’” Winter said. “We are very excited, this one's going to be a blast! It means the world to me to be playing the music I love, and see you all out there having a good time. So we look forward to seeing you at one of the shows, and get ready to rock and roll!”
"We are all looking forward to a great tour with our longtime friends of Ten Years After and Edgar Winter," said Skip Taylor, Canned Heat's longtime manager. "It should be as much fun for us as for the audience."
Canned Heat joins the popular summer tour for the first time. Two blues historians and avid record collectors founded the band in 1966.
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite drew on their encyclopedic knowledge of all phases of the genre and focused on recording updated versions of obscure old blues recordings. Applying this bold approach, the band attained two worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968 and “Going Up The Country” in 1969. These two songs were inspired interpretations of 1920s blues recordings by Floyd Jones and Henry Thomas.
Canned Heat earned international attention with memorable performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades.
It's doubtful that anyone will be sitting in their seats when Rick Derringer breaks into his well-known rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.”
The song continues to be a staple on rock radio and was featured in several movies including “The Spirit of '76,” “Rush,” “Stag,” “What a Girl Wants” and the cult classic, “Dazed and Confused.”
Years before his success as a solo artist, Derringer had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys. The McCoys scored a No.1 hit in 1965 with the song “Hang on Sloopy.” The song would eventually be knocked out of the top spot by The Beatles' “Yesterday.” In 1966, Derringer found himself leading The McCoys as they opened for The Rolling Stones on their U.S. tour.
Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Derringer appeared on numerous albums with artists such as Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand and Kiss.
Beginning in 1993, Derringer recorded four blues CDs, starting with “Back To the Blues” and followed by “Electra Blues,” “Blues Deluxe” and “Jackhammer Blues,” released in 2000.
Canadian rock guitarist Pat Travers released his critically acclaimed debut album in 1976. The album featuring his own brand of high quality ’70s guitar rock and roll.
Over the next several years, Travers released a string of strong hard rock albums, such as “Makin’ Magic” (1977), “Putting It Straight” (1977), “Heat in the Street” (1978) and “Crash and Burn” (1980). He and his band supported Rush on their Drive til You Die tour in support of “A Farewell to Kings.”
“Crash and Burn” featured the blues-rock hit single “Snortin’ Whiskey” which has become one of Travers’ signature songs.
Travers kept busy over the following decades, delivering melodic ’80s rock, blues throughout most of the ’90s, and a series of noted performances with various power trios since 2000. As he entered his fifth decade in the music industry, Travers has returned to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound.
"I am so excited to be part of a tour that has some of my favorite artists on it playing some of the best music ever written and performed,” Travers said in a press release.