On a beautiful summer evening, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash took the stage for one of the final shows to close out a very successful year at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Amphitheatre. Crosby, Stills & Nash were in Woodinville for two sold out shows and the place was packed.
Crosby, Stills & Nash broke new ground back in 1969 with their breakout debut album; mixing the genres of rock, blues and folk music to open ears at a time during the Vietnam War. Their lyrics were concise and melodic, and they continue to resonate four plus decades later.
Crosby, Stills & Nash were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and the fans in the audience were in for a real treat. It was a love fest to say the least. As CSN took the stage, they waved to their fans, picked up their guitars and began to sing their beautiful harmonies.
A rendition of The Beatles “A Day In The Life” was playing when they came on stage, which was interesting, as Neil Young often includes this song into his set list. I pondered for a second, but I remembered that Neil Young was across the country in North Carolina doing Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.
CSN opened the show with “Carry On/ Questions” which ironically came from the Crosby, Stills Nash & Young record album “Déjà vu” and transitioned quickly into “Marrakesh Express”. Two songs in, the crowd was singing, dancing and taking it all in. I too was dancing on my knees as I photographed these amazing songwriters and musicians. Stephen Stills gave me a little smile, I think, appreciating the guy with the camera rockin’ out!
For three hours, Crosby, Stills & Nash performed two sets of classic rock that featured their individual songs and group singing. For a complete set list, there is a pretty cool website called setlist.fm that provides comprehensive set lists from your musical favorites.
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