Opening Act: Kenny White
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:30pm
Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer-Songwriter Series
Partially underwritten by Canine Training & Behavior Services
and Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital
A little more than 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for her piercing ocean blue eyes. Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists. Now the two icons of folk return to the Playhouse performing songs from their rich catalogs along with songs from their 2017 album “Everybody Knows.”
Stephen Stills is one of rock music’s most enduring figures with a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups – Manassas, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and Crosby Stills Nash & Young (CSNY). He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for Buffalo Springfield and CSN, is a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is a BMI Music Icon (with CSN). As renowned for his instrumental virtuosity as for writing era-defining anthems including “For What It’s Worth” and “Love The One You’re With,” Stills is ranked #28 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, calling his acoustic picking on “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” “a paragon of unplugged beauty.” Three of Stills’ albums are among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buffalo Springfield Again, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Déjà Vu. In 2013 he formed the blues-rock super group The Rides with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg.
Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. “Strangers Again,” released in 2015, earned Judy her highest Billboard 200 debut in almost 30 years, and 2016’s ‘Silver Skies Blue’ duets album with Ari Hest earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Album. She’s recently been described by the NY Times as the “ageless wild angel of pop,” appeared in HBO’s Girls, and released the book ‘Cravings: How I Conquered Food’ earlier this year.
Starting off the night is pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger Kenny White. White’s work in the studio has included collaborations with David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape-shifting Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass.
White’s latest release is entitled Long List of Priors.
VIP Meet & Greet Ticket Bundle: $234
Get a chance to meet the legendary artists, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins! Buy the V.I.P. Tickets and get tickets to the show and a pre-show meet & greet. Remember to bring something to sign and something to take your photo!
AllShows.com VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and free beer and wine from 6:00 – 6:30pm! Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795!
Visit Luna Rossa (90 Danbury Rd ~ Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy their pre-theater, 3-course pre-fixe menu when you show your ticket. Call to make your reservation 203.403.3974.