Jay Allen Sanford 8 a.m., Dec. 13
David Crosby & Friends
Singer-songwriter David Crosby wears his entire life on his sleeve. Aside from painfully autobiographical lyrics, his willingness to live, do, and say anything in public means that now everyone knows the ins and outs of how he fathered a child for Melissa Etheridge. The whole world seemed to chime in when a donated liver was used to replace his hep-C ravaged organ with a surgical transplant, made all the more tabloid-worthy when Phil Collins paid for it. His outspokenness on Twitter has resulted in widely circulated quotes comparing Abba’s music to dog poo, and he even tweeted “burn baby burn” while the news reported on a fire at Trump Tower (a tweet he later deleted).
Seeing a guy living like a reality TV star without a TV show (although there is a documentary film in progress, produced by famous former San Diegan Cameron Crowe), it’s easy to overlook a work ethic that has resulted in three solo albums over the past five years, with another due in a few weeks. He’s maintained the same backing band for most of those releases, including several players who’ll perform with him at the Balboa Theatre on November 12, such as Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Michelle Willis, and Becca Stevens.
Looking over setlists from the tour that just wrapped, it’s clear he’s been catering to fans of his stuff with Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young, especially the evergreens that everyone will pretend to sing along with such as “Wooden Ships,” “Ohio,” “Guinnevere,” and “Long Time Gone.” The 77 year-old’s health problems have included type 2 diabetes, said to be behind his drastic weight loss, but recent Youtube clips indicate his voice is in fine form, albeit a good deal more time-worn and even tired sounding than in his bright harmonic heyday.
- When: Monday, November 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.