For more than 13 years, Other Voices has performed original and cover material in the local music scene, with a hallmark of intricate vocal harmonies and tight arrangements in the realm of pop, folk, blues and jazz. On Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., they will put those talents to work with a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. According to the band, “Our performance of the CSN (Crosby, Stills & Nash) classic, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” has become such a popular crowd pleaser that it was suggested by a friend that we perform a whole night of that groups music. After weeks of rehearsing, we have become aware of what a great influence CSNY (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) has had on us both in our writing and performances as Other Voices.”
The American based band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is a rock super group 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 CSNY are two-time inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Other Voices tribute coincides with the recent release of “CSNY 1974.” The album includes 40 live tracks, all previously unreleased, from their historic 1974 summer tour 40 years ago.
The core band of Other Voices is comprised of Fagan Arouh (guitar/vocals), Alan Hill (bass), Michelle Ott (vocals/ hand percussion) and Dan Tampas (guitar/vocals). Augmenting the band will be guest musicians Brad Bangstad (keyboards) and Rob Rothschild (drums), who both play with popular local groups The Impostors and The Relics, as well as numerous other groups in the Gainesville music scene.
The song list features songs by both CSNY and CSN, as well as songs by individual members of the groups. In addition to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” the repertoire includes hits such as “Woodstock,” “Love the One You’re With,” “Wooden Ships,” “Southern Cross,” “Helpless,” “Our House,” “Carry On” and many more.
The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute is also one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).
The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. This activity has been 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, a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and a sponsorship from the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information on “Free Fridays,” or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.