State Theatre New Jersey presents the Hippiefest Tour 2018 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8pm. This spectacular concert features Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. Tickets range from $29-$59.
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 eventually morph into heavy metal. They can be recognized for their heavy-rocking, trippy, psychedelic version of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” which they performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Other hits include: “Take Me for A Little While,” “Shotgun,” “The Letter,” “Season of the Witch,” and many more.
The band has toured with Jimi Hendrix, played dates equal-billed or headlined with groups such as Cream, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and performed as the opening act for Led Zeppelin. In 2016, they released their most recent studio album, titled Spirit of ‘67.
Rick Derringer can be recognized for his legendary rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” 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 including the Richard Linklater cult classic, Dazed and Confused, and other flicks including The Spirit of ‘76, Rush, Stag, and What A Girl Wants.
In 1977, Derringer appeared on Led Zeppelin’s last North American tour and would go on to perform with such artists as Alice Cooper (“Under My Wheels”), Steely Dan (“Show Biz Kids” and “Chained Lightning”), Richie Havens, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. In the past few years, Derringer has performed on a variety of package tours including Rock’n’Blues Fest, Rock Legends, and Hippiefest.
Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels can be recognized for hits such as, “Jenny Take a Ride,” “Little Latin Lupe Lu,” and their biggest hit “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.” At the end of 1979, Bruce Springsteen would pay tribute to the band by performing the “Detroit Medley,” a selection of the band’s greatest hits including: “Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Jenny Take A Ride,” and “C.C. Rider.”
In 1983, Ryder 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.” Ryder has recorded over two dozen albums in his illustrious career and continues to tour all over the world. Known for his incredible live show, Ryder will be bringing all his hits in this night to remember.
Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, are excited to sing their trademarks hits once again. These hits include: “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” and “Baby Blue”. A veteran of Hippiefests past, Molland returns with the music he helped make famous. Due to its use in the finale of the hugely popular TV show, Breaking Bad, “Baby Blue” has had a recent resurgence of sorts, being introduced to a whole new audience and generation.
In late March of 2015, a song Molland wrote years ago titled, “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” was released on iTunes to benefit WhyHunger, a grassroots support organization started by the late, great Harry Chapin. He continues to enjoy performing the hits for fans all year long.
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm; Fridayfrom 10am to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
About State Theatre New Jersey
The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.