Music is always a treat for me and live music is the ultimate indulgence! What makes it even better and more rewarding is when you can see and feel the enjoyment the performer is experiencing in playing and sharing his emotion and his music with you, the audience. Such was the experience last night at The Arcada Theater in St. Charles for David Crosby and Friends. Now I’ve seen Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on several occasions over the years and one thing I always took away from their shows was the joy they experienced simply playing together, with each other, for an audience. Performers feed off their audiences, especially musicians and last night was no exception. David Crosby has been at the center of rock n roll musics inner circle for more than 50 years. That’s just another reason to celebrate his energy and his wondrous gift of giving with his music. Last nights 2 set show featured old favorites like Guinevere, Long Time Gone, Almost Cut My Hair, Deja Vu, Eight Miles High , Wooden Ships and Neil Young’s Ohio as an encore. Sprinkled in were delights like Janet a song from a forth coming album and Morrison a song he wrote with co-band member (and his son) James Raymond who plays keyboards. The rest of the band consists of guitarist Jeff Pevar (who was just outstanding) drummer Steve DeStanislao (long time C,S,N and David Gilmore drummer), additional keyboards by Michele Willis and Mai Leisz on bass. They just started the tour on May 10th in Minneapolis and they’re as tight and insync as a band that’s been out on the road for a year. The Arcada theater is truly a gem in it’s richness of sound and its terrific unobstructed sight lines from the back of the balcony to the front row. Not a bad seat in the house. I now have seen Crosby, Stiils and Nash at the Arcada, all on separate occasions, but none the less still delightful.
The photo below is a picture of the first time I experienced David Crosby, July 1970 Cleveland. He’s 77 and still got it goin’ on!!