Crosby, Stills and Nash Coming to Sarasota's Van Wezel Hall
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Rock legends Crosby, Stills, & Nash are coming to Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, May 8, for a special evening of classic rock oldies along with newer material.
Set on Sarasota's spectacular bayfront, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been the site of great music, dance, drama, and comedy for over 40 years. But even older than the Van Wezel, the collaborations of Crosby, Stills, & Nash are now entertaining and inspiring a new generation of fans.
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When the trio’s first album was released in 1969, they were already famous musicians: Crosby for his work with The Byrds, Nash for his work with The Hollies, and Stills, a one-time Florida resident, for his music with the Buffalo Springfield. The album signaled a sea-change in the world of rock music, moving away from blues-based guitar rock and emphasizing vocal harmonies and thoughtful, complex musical structures. That album also paved the way for the success of bands like Poco and The Eagles and solo artists like Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. Crosby, Stills, & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In fact, they’re each in the Hall of Fame twice, since their three original bands are also Hall of Fame inductees. Stephen Stills is one of only two musicians to have performed at all three of the legendary rock festivals of the 1960s: Monterey (with Buffalo Springfield), Woodstock, and Altamont.
The group’s 2013 tour comes to the Van Wezel while building on the momentum generated by their year-long, worldwide tour of 2012. Reviewing the band’s 2012 performance at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, MSN music critic Mark Brown wrote, “It’s hard to believe that any band in 2012 would be putting on better shows than it did in 1969, but CSN did just that.”
Since opening its doors in 1970, the Van Wezel has hosted scores of world-famous musicians ranging from Johnny Cash to Itzhak Perlman. The 1,736-seat facility will also host the popular vocal group Celtic Woman on May 9, one night after the Crosby, Stills, & Nash concert, and rocker Bryan Adams will perform there on Saturday night, May 18. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is located at 777 North Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota.