SIOUX CITY - Cherokee's Crosby, Stills and Nash tribute band, "Daylight Again," is re-forming for a special performance this weekend in Sioux City. The trio - Randy Martin, Charlie Leissler and Jimmie Davis - have been asked to join in a benefit to aid the families of Iowa troops who are deployed overseas.
Randy Martin said the whole thing came together pretty quickly. Eric Boetger of the Sioux City band "The Establishment," contacted him. Boetger had seen the "Daylight Again" group perform in Cherokee a couple of years ago, and thought the group would help tie in to the "Support the Troops" theme of the event.
Martin contacted Davis and Leissler, and they were quick to agree, citing the good cause. After Leissler re-arranged his work schedule to free himself up Saturday, the gig was a go and the talented Cherokee trio spent part of this week rehearsing.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday at Emma's Event Center (the former Lewis Bowl Annex) in Sioux City. The group "Locked 'n Loaded" will kick off the show, and Martin, Leissler and Davis will then perform about 20 minutes worth of classic CSN "War Machine" material, such as "Teach Your Children" and the "Daylight Again/Find the Cost of Freedom" medley, before the night's headline band, "The Establishment," takes the stage.
In addition to the two bands and "Daylight Again," Saturday's event will also feature a silent auction, with "lots of nice stuff," in Randy Martin's words. Martin said that 100 percent of the money raised from the silent auction will go to Family Services at Camp Dodge, to be redistributed to help the families of troops who are deployed overseas.
There will be no admission charge at the door Saturday, but there will be a free will donation toward the cause.
Pizza Ranch is picking up all of the expenses.