The Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere still feels the same thrill as he did performing in the old days.
“I am happy to be here and doing what I love,” says the New York native who will be playing the Magic City Casino at 6:30 p.m. Sunday along with Herman’s Hermits as part of a special classic rock weekend. “I wish the whole world could feel my joy.”
Expect to hear Cavaliere do one of his personal favorites, the 1968 song People Got to Be Free — he has a “soft spot” for it.
“What I try to do is paint a picture of the time period that we played in,” he explains of the show. “I’ll be playing our hits as well as glimpses of other favorites of the era. People can go into their memory banks and groove.”
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Excited for the casino gig? Indeed. He’s even brushing up on his español.
“I’ve always loved Miami, the weather and the Latin influence especially,” he says, adding, “Ansioso por jugar para ti.”
The 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will have a bit of local flavor in the mix next week.
French horn player Matthew Marshall, a University of Miami graduate and current member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, will join more than 400 performers from the Wisconsin-based Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps on the streets of NYC.
The forecast? Polar vortex with a side of wind chill.
"I'm really excited for the unique opportunity, but also a little nervous about marching three miles in the cold weather," Marshall semi joked.
Marshall and company have one of the more key positions in the parade route — escorting the guest of honor himself, Santa Claus, to the department store’s red carpet.
JUST HANGING AROUND
If you see Anthony Bourdain around feel free to steer the intrepid adventurer to your favorite off-the-beaten-path hole in the wall. That’s how Bourdain rolls.
As per his Instagram, the CNN personality is in town, reportedly shooting an episode of Parts Unknown.
He posted a picture of him and local rocker Iggy Pop, so stay tuned for a cool cameo.
The humble caption: "Two old dudes on the beach."
NEW NOW NEXT
Logo TV has added international pop superstar Jessie J to the roster of talent slated to appear on its New Now Next Awards, taping at the Kimpton Surfcomber on Dec. 2 and airing Dec. 7. Former boy bander Joe Jonas will do duties as the celebrity DJ while appearances are expected to include Orange Is the New Black star Lorraine Toussaint; Lance Bass; Frankie Alvarez (HBO's Looking); Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn; and LGBT youth advocate and YouTube personality Tyler Oakley.
So what to expect? A rep’s vague response: “It's a mix of taped packages of talent talking about the year, as well as folks that will be in Miami for performances, DJing, and presenter moments."