Members of the Hollies, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, their first show together was at a little venue called the Woodstock Festival, and ever since they have stood as the quintessential American folk/rock vocal group (albeit a third British and, when joined by “Y,” a quarter Canadian as well). They’re known for their harmonies as well as for their many hits: the quaint sweetness of Nash songs like “Marrakesh Express,” Crosby’s art songs such as “Guinevere” and Stephen Stills’s many weight-bearing classics (“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” et cetera) upon which their reputation is mostly based.
In this, the era of folk revival, with bands like the Fleet Foxes echoing their soaring harmonies, CSN don’t even depend on Y for cultural cachet anymore. Theirs is a unique and defining achievement in folk/rock history. And they’re still at it, returning to the site of their first performance on Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $47.50, $68 and $88 for reserved seating and $33.50 for general admission lawn seating, and are available at www.bethelwoodscenter.org, via TicketMaster or by phone at (800) 745-3000. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel.