As if being the voice of a generation isn’t enough, David Crosby is Rolling Stone Magazine’s latest advice columnist. The co-founder of CSN and The Byrds who has survived a Texas prison, a liver transplant and numerous financial ups and downs, is taking on your problems via email or tweet. With the much anticipated July release of the Cameron Crowe documentary on Crosby’s life, Remember My Name, that premiered at Sundance in January and the upcoming gig at Woodstock 50 later this summer, Crosby is busy, but you can still catch him at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Friday, June 7 at 8pm, on his Sky Trails Tour. This show is part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity sponsored by Canine Training Services, L.L.C. and Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital. $1 from each ticket sold will help support the artist’s charity, the Guacamole Fund. Check out the BMW on display the night of the show, courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield!Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for a dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! Media partner for this event is i95 – The Home of Rock n’ Roll.
The folk rock pioneer, who was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009, has also served as our social conscience, not only eloquently writing about societal issues on such songs as “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Wooden Ships,” but continuously donating concert proceeds to like-minded causes. His towering influence and brilliant ability to capture the spirit of our times in his music remains undiminished.
David Crosby formed The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his songwriting and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including “Eight Miles High,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” and a cover of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds’ signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come. Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called “the voice of a generation,” and were Grammy-honored in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio’s self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks “Guinnevere” and “Wooden Ships”—today, it is included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Crosby is also the author of three books including Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, which underscores his commitment to social activism, and belief that artists and musicians are potent agents for change. Crosby’s two autobiographical volumes areLong Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It.
Joining David on this tour will be five musical friends, collectively and affectionately known as the ‘Sky Trails Band’: James Raymond on keys, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals. He will be performing some of his best loved songs and greatest hits from across his illustrious career, alongside material from the Sky Trails album, plus a few surprises as well.
For tickets ($111 – $126 | Extremely Limited VIP Meet & Greet opportunity additional $550) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.