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CSN Tribute draws crowd, evokes memories

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The gang's all here - Members of the CSN Tribute: in front, left to right - Charlie Leissler, Randy Martin and Jimmy Davis. "Background" musicians (left to right) - Keyboardist Steve Alingh, percussionist Ron Reznikov, and bassist Jamie Bowers. Photo by Dan Whitney
By Dan Whitney

Staff Writer

Charlie Leissler, Randy Martin, and Jimmy Davis paid tribute to the legendary late 60s-early 70s band Crosby, Stills, and Nash this past Saturday and Sunday at The Gathering Place, and put on a great show. The Saturday night performance drew an estimated crowd of 100, while 65 more people came Sunday afternoon.

In addition to their wonderful three-part harmony singing, ably backed by Jamie Bowers' nimble bass playing, Ron Reznikov's percussion, and Steve Alingh's keyboard, Martin and Leissler provided a lot of detail about CSN's origins with the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, the stories behind the songs, and a timeline for world events which inspired some of the more political CSN songs.

The Gathering Place provided an ideal setting for the low-key, informal presentation, and the proceeds from the two performances, at $10/ticket, will certainly help towards the project of finishing the three music instruction rooms in the basement of The Gathering Place.

The CSN Tribute began with discussion of the pre-CSN days, and the influences on the group's formation, including Greenwich Village folk music, California country rock, and the so-called British Invasion (i.e., the Beatles, etc.). The group performed songs from the groups of which Crosby, Stills, and Nash were members prior to their getting together - The Byrds ("Turn, Turn,Turn"), Buffalo Springfield ("For What It's Worth"), and the Hollies ("Bus Stop"). They then went on to the actual CSN songs, took a short break, and returned to do a final set. Among the songs they performed were "Teach Your Children," featuring a wonderful rendering of Jerry Garcia's pedal steel guitar solo by Davis on his Fender electric guitar; the quintessential CSN song "Suite:Judy Blue Eyes," a tough song to perform live, but pulled off in good fashion by the entire group; the Neil Young composition "Ohio," which CSN (and Y) produced in response to the Kent State killings in 1970; and "Daylight Again," the theme song for the CSN Tribute, which ends with a chilling, echoing a capella "Find The Cost of Freedom," concluding the program on a memorable note.

There were two encore songs, though, and they were also excellent choices and performances - "Southern Cross," and Steven Stills' "Love The One You're With," which ended the performance in rockin', sing-a-long style.

If you missed the CSN Tribute, you missed quite a show, and Messrs. Martin, Leissler, Davis, Alingh, Reznikov, and Bowers are to be commended for bringing another great show to The Gathering Place at 207 West Main Street.

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