Stephen Stills and Judy Collins
Dates & TimeSat, May 19 | 8pm
LocationGrande Exposition Hall
With Special Guest Kenny White
Fifty 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 (CSN) 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. Stills and Collins will perform live at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino on May 19.
Stills and Collins met in 1967 and dated for two years. Stills wrote and demoed his legendary love song to Collins right before he joined CSN. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is a five-section romantic epic brimming with heartfelt sincerity. The song has been ranked #418 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Stills is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time. He was also the first artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield.
Collins is known her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She’s earned five Grammy nominations including one in 2017 and one win. Outside of music, Collins has published two memories, one novel, and in 1975 was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary “Antonia: a Portrait of the Woman.” Collins is also a lifelong activist.