Crosby, Stills & Nash played the outdoor Ravinia stage a couple nights before, Neil Young was off galavanting around Europe, so David Crosby took advantage of the free time to head to the tony City Winery in Chicago for two intimate nights in their 300-seat room. They sold out within minutes.
The first hour-long set consisted of Crosby and his tight band running through most of the new "Croz" album, complete with stories and humorous asides. Crosby was in extremely good spirits and bantered with the crowd throughout the night, and even humbly debuted a song or two.
The second half of the set, lasting 90 minutes, kicked off with a blazing version of the classic Byrds song "Eight Miles High". The next dozen songs or so were an amalgam of hits like "Long Time Gone", "Guinnevere", and "Deja Vu", along with some more obscure tracks. To top off the night, Crosby and his group brought the show to a close before the skies opened up on the Windy City for an electrifying version of "Cowboy Movie" from his acclaimed "If I Could Only Remember My Name" album. (All photos copyright by Kim Reed)
NPR darlings St Paul & The Broken Bones made their Iowa debut tonight at a sold out show at The Mill in Iowa City. Everybody there seemed to know what they were getting into and lead singer Paul Janeway led his soulful funksters through most of their debut Half the City album, as well as a handful of classics like "99 1/2" and "Try a Little Tenderness".
Sir Paul McCartney came to Lincoln and it seemed the like the whole town turned out (the venue's street renamed Abbey Road) for a 39 night song set (2 encores and running a total time of nearly 3 hours without a break), which included lasers, pyrotechnics, and a whole lot of music and storytelling from the former Beatle and his band.
All photos copyright by KIm Reed