Crosby, Stills, and Nash are at it again. They never give up applying their star power to needy causes– to right the wrongs of the world. Prop 32 is one of those, so…just as they finished a LONG tour up the coast, they still had the energy to perform at the humongous Nokia Theater last week. This was to protect the firefighters union, nurses and other groups from the greed of special interests. With Tom Morello opening, the concert was powerful.
Their voices only seem to get better with age. David Crosby sounds richer each time I hear him. He can really hold his notes. Graham has such fervor in his voice, and is a killer on the harmonica, among other instruments. Steven Stills’ guitar dexterity is phenomenal, and his early Buffalo Springfield song , “For What It’s Worth” (“Something’s Happening Here”) written during the Watts riots in the mid-Sixties, still holds a powerful charge–after fifty years–inspiring the warrior spirit in us to expose yet more corrupt uses of power.
Their music is so basically healing–whether to help us get our righteous anger out, or rise on their harmonies to other realms, or celebrate the sweetness of home (“Our House”). Their repertoire covers every aspect of a balanced life–the adventure of “Marrakesh Express”, to the haunting “Guinevere” to the human condition of “Helplessly Hoping.” It was the music that kept our generation sane. Innocence and outrage in equal measure.
Now this Friday, Oct. 26th, Graham Nash is doing an intimate performance at the Church in Ocean Park to raise funds for Bradley Manning, the WikiLeaks whistleblower, the young soldier who chose to expose the corruption he encountered in the Middle East War. He has been horribly and unfairly treated ever since. Come Friday, October 26th, 7:30 PM, to The Church In Ocean Park 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica 90405.
This Bradley Manning Song & Video by Graham Nash is VERY powerful –
Reception with Graham Nash at 6:30 PM; Doors open at 7:30 PM;
Performance at 8:00 PM. Graham Nash will be accompanied by excellent musicians in the CSN band: James Raymond (Crosby’s son) & Shane Fontayne.
Discussion led by Bradley Manning Support Network organizer Emma Cape. Purchase partly tax deductible tickets here: savebradley.brownpapertickets.com Supported by Veterans for Peace and radio station KPFK.
Graham puts his voice where his heart is.