Those attending the concerts of David Crosby and band Crosby, Stills, and Nash really span in generations, and the concert audiences continue to prove that fact.
There are hippie parents with their kids, hipsters, and numbers of long-haired teenage music geeks.
The timeliness of the band’s repertoire is due in part to a political climate in the United States that is comparable to past eras. Yet the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash is also so familiar, comforting, and honest that it will likely never slip into the category of foolish nostalgia (with the exception, perhaps, of hits like Guinevere and Our House).
The trio of CSN has definitely aged. And not particularly well, if you compare them to other long-touring acts.
But that is all part of their charm. They don’t try to look plastic and fake, like aging rock-stars.
David Crosby, with his mane of white hair and rosy cheeks, looks like he belongs on a hippie reseration, doing yoga and tending to his organic garden. Stephen Stills, who is recovering from prostate surgery, looks the part of a friendly salesman in his creased trousers and golf shirt. And Graham Nash looks like a smoothie-drinking ladies’ man who hates to wear shoes.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash still retain their strong signature harmonies, but Stills’ voice has suffered a bit and is at times unpredictible.
His guitar playing, however, remains superb. That balance between guitar rock, ballads and easy folk songs made the night varied and demonstrated the benefits of having unique talents in the band.
This band apparently have big hearts and give of their time to play for charity events. One great cause was the benefit for Farber’s American Transplant Foundation. Organ donation is something especially close to David Crosby as he himself received a liver transplant in 1995. Farber, who received a kidney from his son in 2004, has since been a strong advocate of transplant awareness.
David Crosby had this to say about the benefit, “People are dying with (healthy organs) and being buried with them instead of donating them,” Crosby explained in a phone interview. “We try very hard to help organ-donor organizations when we can.”
For David Crosby, giving of his time for this great charity was a no-brainer. “Obviously, people die every day for a lack of an organ,” he said.
Money raised by the show “will go right into the foundation. The foundation’s prime focus is creating a greater awareness about transplants,” Farber said. “I wish there was an abundance of organs available. But you have 100,000 people on a waiting list in our country alone. And 18 die every day because of a shortage of organs available.”
A concert film of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 2006 anti-war tour, CSNY Deju Vu, closed the Sundance Film Festival this year and continues to make waves.
Graham Nash recently allowed protesters to remake his hit, Chicago, as the song, Come Up To Denver.
All this has helped rejuvenate the band’s role as a political force, Crosby said.
“The shut-up-and-sing thing is people wanting what they want and not wanting to hear what you have to say. Tough. We’ve been doing it for 40 years. People should not expect something else.”
You can win two tickets to see Crosby, Stills and Nash.The band will be playing at Meadow Brook Music Festival on July 19. You can visit this site to enter here. Here’s Crosby Stills and Nash performing here.