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Sunday, 22 May 2011 14:07


I had the opportunity to go to State Theatre in Portland on May 21, 2011, to see David Crosby and Graham Nash perform.


Let me tell you, those guys have still got it and then some. What a great performance.


They basically look the same with a few extra years added on and the gray hairs to show it, but their voices and musical abilities are as crisp as ever.


I’m starting to get used to going to shows where the majority of the crowd is in their 40s and 50s. Nonetheless, it’s wonderful when you see some younger people in attendance who appreciates the same music. I sat next to a young couple, Molly and Kevin, who said they’re students at Bates College in Lewiston. They both said they got into the music through their parents who were avid listeners of Crosby, Nash and others while they were growing up.


Nash came on stage and performed barefooted the entire evening. Of course, there were some comfortable-looking carpets between his feet and the floor.

The two started off with older songs like “Eight Miles High” and “I Used To Be A King,” and went on to sing some of their popular tunes from the Crosby, Stills and Nash and CSN&Y days, such as “Marrakesh Express,” “Long Time Gone,” “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Déjà Vu.”

Joining the two musical icons were lead guitarist Dean Parks (who worked with Steeley Dan), bassist and former Portland boy Kevin McCormick (who performed with Jackson Browne), Stevie D. on drums, and David Crosby’s long lost adopted son, keyboardist James Raymond (who has a list of musical accomplishments of his own before meeting his biological father and hooking up with him to collaborate).


They performed a beautiful tune called “Grace” that was written and composed by James Raymond. They also sang “Guinevere” with some great harmonies as always. Crosby told the audience that, throughout the years, “Guinevere” had always been performed using one acoustic guitar and two people harmonizing. This time, there was some bass in the background and a three-part harmony.


They also rocked the crowd with tunes like “I’m Flying In Winchester Cathedral” and “Wooden Ships.”


With a standing ovation at the packed house, the band was easily persuaded to come back on stage at the end of the show to perform “Teach Your Children.”


‘Til next time.












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