Woodstock-era icon Graham Nash takes to the Basie boards on Saturday…while fellow festival veterans, the not-so-sly Family Stone, headline a 70s Rock and Funk Fest on Sunday.
One weekend past the 46th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock festival, the Count Basie Theatre offers audiences here on the greater Green an opportunity to catch up with several veterans of those “Three Days of Peace and Music” — all in climate-controlled comfort, and with no requirement to get all muddy about it.
The shared experience begins Saturday night at 8 pm, with a very rare solo-tour appearance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash. Spotlighting material from a massive career-cataloguing box set, the British-born singer/songwriter and activist who first invaded the colonies as a member of The Hollies — and who homesteaded the Laurel Canyon sound through his culture-defining work with CSN (and sometimes Y) — is expected to lend his signature skills to songs that range from “On a Carousel,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” to solo stuff like “Chicago” and a possible preview of a work-in-progress studio project. Reserve tickets ($27.50 – $73.50) right here — and flip the record over for more.
The Turtles’ Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan — aka “Flo and Eddie” — return to Red Bank at the helm of the hit-packed Happy Together Tour, the 2014 edition of which buses into the Basie on Saturday, June 28.
Set those transistor radios to STUN, and spark up a broad blast of ‘Nam-era nostalgia: the retro-rocking, magic-bus excursion known as the Happy Together Tour returns to the Count Basie Theatre this Saturday night, June 28 — and let no advancing waistline or receding hairline stay them from their course.
Presented by the Light of Day Foundation (the same folks who bring you that January jolt of star-quality benefit concerts in Asbury Park), the annual package production is once again topped by historic headliners The Turtles — that mid-60s “harmonic convergence” who kept the Brits at bay with a series of Beatle-beating classics (“Elenore,” “You Showed Me,” and of course, “Happy Together“) that showed a greater pop genius beyond the bubblegum moment. Co-frontmen Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan would rebrand as Flo & Eddie; doing time with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, producing fine albums by The Good Rats and DMZ — and contributing awesome backing vocals on everything from Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” to the most memorable recordings of Marc Bolan’s T. Rex.
Those “two guys from Westchester” are back on the bus for the 30th anniversary edition of the Happy — and they’re being joined on an especially eclectic bill by a Hollywood-pedigreed popster, a signature voice of soulful 70s singles, and a couple of raucous rockers imported from Detroit.