LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Crosby, Stills and Nash & More Play “Light Up The Blues” Benefit
By Christian Koons; photos by Eleanor Stills on April 8, 2014
On Saturday night, the legendary trio Crosby, Stills and Nash brought together some fellow musicians and celebrity friends at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to respond to the question: "How do you make the experience of seeing a renowned folk-rock supergroup perform at an historic, nearly century-old theatre even better than it already is?" with the answer: "By doing it for a good cause, of course."
The sold-out benefit concert called "Light up the Blues" helped raise money for Autism Speaks, an autism awareness and advocacy group founded in 2005. CSN were joined onstage by John Mayer, Don Felder of The Eagles and folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Each artist took turns leading the band in a few of their own songs—with Mayer playing a select few from 2012's Born and Raised and Don Felder leading the band in a nearly twelve minute version of "Hotel California," duel face-melting solos and all—before Crosby, Stills and Nash started off their set with "Carry On."
Don Felder of The Eagles
The evening also included several performances by musicians on the autism spectrum, including rapper Rio "Soulshocka" Wyles and classical cellist Adam Mandela Walden.
Adam Mandela Walden
David Koechner—or, as you know him, Champ from Anchorman—emceed the event alongside his wife Leigh, and the pair served as co-auctioneers during a post-intermission bidding war for a signed Fender Telecaster that ended up selling for over 10 grand. During the auction one bidder told Koechner and the rest of the audience that she had no interest in the guitar, but would pay as much to meet John Mayer.
Christina Applegate, Dax Shepard and Gary Cole all made appearances to voice their support of the cause. Check out our photos from the show below!