There was a time — oh, like five years ago — where it was popular to hate on Crosby, Stills, and Nash. The sugary harmonies, the hippie-dippy lyrics, David Crosby’s freakin’ mustache — all are longtime enemies of real rock & roll fans. Then Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, and a bunch of other likeminded acoustic-guitar-strumming bands started popping up, sounding like and giving props to CSN. (Cypress Hill even sample “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” on their new album, but that’s a different story). The trio’s summer tour focuses on the sun-kissed soft-rock Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have been playing together since 1969. Without occasional bandmate Neil Young on board to clutter their harmonies with his grinding guitar wails, CSN will keep their show on the more laidback side of things. Their last record as a trio came out 16 years ago, so you probably won’t hear any new songs. What you will hear is a bunch of old favorites like “Long Time Gone,” “Carry On,” and “Teach Your Children.” It’s the sound of Woodstock-era survivors spreading their influence on a new generation of fans. Crosby, Stills, and Nash play Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $31-$80.50. —Michael Gallucci
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