There we were. Crosby, Stills, Nash and the “Forever Young.” Nostalgia ROCKS!
There is nothing even close to the sheer joy of the live experience of your coming of age band.
I suspect there are many people who, like us, have never been to Northerly Island. The setting, Chicago’s new beauty spot—born of rebellion when, one night Mayor Daley dug up Miegs Field—had a lot to do the with the thrill of it all. An integral part of the Chicago Museum Campus, this space on our sparkling lake is an exquisite spot for a concert, and could be a lush green path for walking, a secluded spot for a picnic, or a serene park away from the city's bustle.
The Charter One Pavilion itself, a high-tech summer structure flanked with huge screens left and right, makes it possible to view the stage from any of the
8,000 seats. Allegedly (this is, after all, Chicago), the structure is temporary because the funds raised here will someday fund that park I mentioned.
The video was well handled. But we couldn’t be. Without any introduction, (Ok, none was needed!) David Crosby sauntered onto the stage casually followed by Steven Stills and Graham Nash. The crowd rose to its collective feet and stayed there for the first three songs, whatever they were.
The sound system was not up to the task and the music was more or less muffled. It did matter, but we were so happy to be at this “be-in,” it was still a joyous gathering. The enthusiasm was contagious. It was a long time coming but here we were in Chicago.
The sound system did improve in the second half of the show and then the concert, and some concertgoers, took off. The songs kept coming and so did the reminiscences.
“Teach Your Children,” “Southern Cross,” and “Marrakesh Express” to drop some memory-packed names were--all right, I'll say it--music to our ears. Some of us were singing along with “Won’t you please come to Chicago…We can change the world—rearrange the world!” and “Love the one you’re with.” Some were dancing when we didn’t know the words. Some of us were trying to see if we could get high sniffing the second hand smoke. We all agreed, it all played “on the edges of our minds.”
Whatever your musical sweet spot, take advantage of all the exciting live musical events that make Chicago such a geat place to spend your summer vacation. The CSN Concert is just the beginning of this summer’s concert season. Here’s a short list of some coming attractions at Charter One Pavilion and at other venues around Chicago:
• 6/11— Mayhem w/Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Withered, and Lair of Minotaur at House of Blues Chicago
• 6/12— Popa Chubby on our Backporch Stage at Back Porch Stage at House of Blues Chicago
• 6/14— Q101 BLOCK PARTY 2009 featuring 311 with ZIGGY MARLEY at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
• 6/15— WNUA Jazz Series presents Guitars & Saxes featuring Euge Groove, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub and Jessy J at Skyline Stage At Navy Pier
• 6/18 and 19— O.A.R. at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
• 6/20— The Offspring at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
For information and reservations, contact www.livenation.com.