Crosby, Stills & Nash play Sarasota May 8

May 2, 2013 

The term "supergroup" was pretty much invented to describe Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Until the first CSN album came out in 1969, it was unheard of for three prominent members of uber successful bands to join forces as equal partners.

But when David Crosby from the Byrds, Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from the Hollies got together, they made a bigger impact than their previous bands ever did. Their roots in folk, rock and pop blended as perfectly as their voices.

Forty-four years later -- despite their famously on-again, off-again status and countless solo albums and side projects -- they're still creating gorgeous three-part harmonies and writing strong music. They'll bring them to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall May 8. (Occasional partner Neil Young, alas, is apparently not joining them on this tour.)

CSN hasn't released a studio album in almost 20 years, since "After the Storm." The last CSNY studio album was "Looking Forward," in 1999.

But their live shows, which tend to rock harder than their studio albums, have never stopped attracting crowds.

One great thing about seeing such a long-established band is they have enough hits under their collective belts to put together a great evening with no filler. They often play without a firm set list, so their potential concert repertoire is almost limitless for any given evening.

You're likely to hear "Wooden Ships" from their debut album, "Just a Song Before I Go" from the 1977 album "CSN," "Southern Cross" from the 1980s, or old songs by the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield or the Hollies.

Details: 7:30 p.m. May 8, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $69-$124. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org

-- Marty Clear

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