2-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash will play the WVU Creative Arts Center March 29
Legendary artist Graham Nash is bringing his “Intimate Evening of Songs & Stories”
concert to the WVU Creative Arts Center Friday, March 29. This performance is part
of the University Arts Series presented by University Toyota. Showtime is 7:30
p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com,
and by phone at 304-293-7469 and 800-745-3000.
Graham Nash has written and introduced a litany of songs to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work began with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68 and includes “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel” and “Carrie Anne” and continues to “This Path Tonight (2016),” his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, “Over the Years…,” a two-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.
Nash has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once with Crosby,
Stills and Nash, and again with the Hollies. The original classic union of Crosby,
Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted a mere 20 months, yet their songs are lightning
rods embedded in our DNA – from Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and
“Lady Of the Island” off the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969) to CSNY’s
“Déjà Vu (1970),” where Nash’s “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” beseeched
us to hold love tightly, to fend off the madness that was on its way.
Nash’s solo debut overlapped with his time with CSNY beginning with “Songs for Beginners (1971)” which introduced us to “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness,” both fueled by the Long Hot Summer, the trial of the Chicago Eight and the ongoing Vietnam War. Songs from that LP stayed in Nash’s concert sets for years, including “I Used To Be A King” and “Simple Man.” His next album, “Wild Tales (1974),” addressed (among other issues) unfair jail terms for minor drug offenses (“Prison Song”), unfair treatment of Vietnam vets (“Oh! Camil”) and the unfairness of fame (“You’ll Never Be the Same”).
“Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972),” marked the most resilient, long-lived and productive partnership to emerge from the CSNY camp. Nash’s “Southbound Train” was the album’s opening track and “Immigration Man” was the closer. The duo contributed further to the soundtrack of the ’70s on their back-to-back albums, “Wind On the Water (1975)” and “Whistling Down the Wire (1976).”
Nash took top honors on the CSN reunion studio LP (1977) with “Just A Song Before I Go” (written in the space of one hour, and also a Top 10 single). Lightning struck once more on CSN’s “Daylight Again (1982),“ on which Nash penned the group’s second (and final) Top 10 hit, “Wasted On the Way,” lamenting the energy, time and love lost due to years of destructive quarrels.
Nash continues to lend his passionate voice in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. That same year, he and Crosby were among the many musicians who made their way to the Occupy Wall Street actions in lower Manhattan.
Tickets for the March 29 concert start at $39 for the general public and $29 for WVU Students. Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 304-293-SHOW (7469) and 800-745-3000. WVU Student discounted tickets are limited to one per valid WVU Student ID or offer code. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 304-293-8221.
The University Arts Series is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment and presented by University Toyota. Stay connected with the latest event updates through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.