Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Crosby, Stills & Nash to Perform at National Tree Lighting this Thursday

CSN are (l to r): Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby
I've heard tell that the holiday season doesn't begin in Washington, DC until the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in President's Park. This year's ceremony is set for this Thursday, December 3, beginning at 4:30 pm EST, and among the entertainers on hand to perform will be one group at least as iconic as the tree itself:  classic rock legends Crosby, Stills and Nash. I've been high on these guys since shortly after they first teamed up, and while I don't believe they have ever recorded so much as a single holiday tune among them, I expect them to be naturally gifted holiday entertainers. Of course, the fact that all three are still alive, relatively healthy and still performing together after 46 years is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Moreover, they truly embody the Christmas spirit, for throughout their long careers all three have consistently donated their time, money and talents to a wide variety of worthy causes. Finally, they remain vital and talented entertainers. I've been watching them perform at least once every two or three years going back to the 1970s, and David Crosby, in particular, is sounding better than ever these days. Two years ago, I reported that the group had been exploring the idea of recording a holiday album. Maybe this gig will be the catalyst for just such a record.

Thursday's event will reportedly be rebroadcast on PBS television stations throughout December, so check your local listings for details.

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