Over the weekend I went to the Sonoma Jazz + concert to see Crosby Stills & Nash and the vintage musicians paired well with the Gundlach Bundschu zinfandel I was drinking.
It’s been a long time since the trio’s first real performance – Woodstock in ’69 – and under the white tent in downtown Sonoma, the screens on either side of the stage showed close up shots of their tethered hands playing guitar, a testament of time. Each are now in their 60s, but they’re still harmonizing well, even if their voices can’t always reach the high notes like they could decades ago.
John Lasseter, the animator, the director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, spoke before Lizz Wright opened. Lasseter stripped himself of his titles and credentials, calling himself a neighbor and friend to those in Sonoma. (That explains things, I thought. If I lived in Sonoma and he was my “neighbor and friend” maybe he’d return my calls for an interview.)
Before Crosby, Stills & Nash took the stage, organizers encouraged people to nosh in the food village outside the tent. I smiled as I saw people eating salmon on wooden planks and drinking BR Cohn and Gundlach Bundschu wine. Only in Wine Country. The perk of a concert here is that the music is always immersed in the food and wine culture. Concerts here are a place where you tap into all your senses.