Two bands that include some of Gainesville’s most accomplished musicians pay tribute to the music of two iconic supergroups at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 24. This concert pays tribute to Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; both groups featured superstar musicians Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
The opening band, playing the music of Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, is the acoustic quartet, Other Voices. Other Voices is Fagan Arouh (guitar/vocals), Michelle Ott (vocals/hand percussion), Dan Tampas (guitar/vocals) and Alan Hill (bass). The second group, Last Time Around, playsing the music of Buffalo Springfield features Mark Miale (guitar/vocals), Tony McMahon (guitar/vocals), Guido Lemeer (guitar/vocals), Frank Varosi (bass), Kimberly LeCouteur (vocals) and Bob Kelly (drums).
The American-based band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is a rock supergroup that was one of the most successful and influential recording and touring groups from the late ‘60s through the early ‘80s. It is made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. All four members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are two-time inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Buffalo Springfield was formed in Los Angeles in 1966. It included Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. Success came quickly with the protest song, “For What it’s Worth,” from their debut album, which went on to become a top 10 hit. Over all, the band produced three albums, but had no other hit singles. In 1968, the band split up due to infighting amongst its members and a lack of record sales.
Neil Young went on to record as a solo artist and later with Crazy Horse. Stephen Stills formed the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash, later adding Neil Young to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and after that formed Manassas. Richie Furay formed country rock band Poco with Jim Messina, (later of Loggins and Messina).
Though short lived, Buffalo Springfield spawned some of the most successful bands/musicians of the era, with some of them still playing and recording to this day, 50 years after their break-up in 1968. Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
According to Mark Miale, who also organized the concert, “We will be performing mostly songs from the Buffalo Springfield catalog, but we will also include songs from the Buffalo Springfield ‘family tree’ including Poco, Loggins and Messina, Manassas and others.”
The Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills, Nash & Young Tribute concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).
“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. It is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and Culture Builds Florida. “Free Fridays” runs 8 – 10 p.m. each Friday night, from May 4 to Oct. 19 at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.