SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December 8, 2022) — Jim Irsay, Owner & CEO of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, has announced the addition of his longtime friend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, to his All-Star event on Saturday, December 10 from 6-10 p.m. at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Stills joins a line-up of previously announced fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and Ann Wilson.
The evening features The Jim Irsay Band which, in addition to Irsay on vocals, includes Kenny Aronoff on drums (Sir Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson), Tom Bukovac on guitar (played on more than 700 albums with major artists), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mike Millson bass and vocals (founding member of R.E.M.), Danny Nucci on guitar and saxophone (actor from Titanic, The Rock), Carmella Ramsey on violin, mandolin and vocals (Reba McEntire, John Hiatt, Olivia Newton-John), Michael Ramos on keyboards (Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon), Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar and vocals (five-time GRAMMY® nominated), Mike Wanchicon guitar ( Mellencamp). The exhibit and concert are free and open to the public, but guests must first register for a free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jim-irsay-collection-john-fogerty-buddy-guy-ann-wilson-san-francisco-tickets-444720800887. Tickets are limited and almost sold out.
“San Francisco has a special place in rock & roll history, so I’m excited to bring this musical collection, as well as other unique and historic artifacts, to the Bay Area for all to experience,” Irsay said. “I’m just a steward of these artifacts, so it’s my dream to share this important history with as many people as possible and to inspire them to go on and accomplish great things in life.”
Stephen Stills is the only artist ever to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times in one night—in 1997, for Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN). One of rock music's most enduring figures, Stills is also a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, a BMI Music Icon (with CSN), and has a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups—Manassas and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young (CSNY), in addition to Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. As renowned for his instrumental virtuosity as for writing era-defining anthems including “For What It’s Worth” and “Love The One You’re With,” Stills is ranked #28 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, calling his acoustic picking on “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” “a paragon of unplugged beauty.” Three of Stills’ albums are among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buffalo Springfield Again, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Déjà Vu. In 2013, Stills released Carry On, a four-CD anthology produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, capturing the remarkable scope of his career using 83 tracks (25 unreleased) to retrace the musical paths he’s explored. Stills continues to lend his support to a number of causes. Since 2013, Stills and his wife Kristen have been hosts and organizers of Light Up the Blues, annual star-studded concert events that have helped raise over $3 million to benefit Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.
In addition to the performances, Irsay will exhibit items from The Jim Irsay Collection – his renowned assemblage of historic and iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture.
"Over the years, some remarkable guitar collections have featured in the pages of this magazine. But, in terms of owning historic instruments with rock ’n’ roll credentials and sheer spending power, nobody can top Jim Irsay." READ ARTICLE
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"Bloomberg caught up with Irsay in advance of the [concert and exhibit in New York]. He talked about how much putting together a world-class collection costs and what it would take for him to part with it." READ INTERVIEW
"The focus [of the collection] is on powerful people who changed the world. 'I have JFK, his rocking chair, Jackie Robinson's bat that he hit a homerun World Series with, Muhammad Ali's shoes from the Thrilla in Manila against Joe Frazier,' Irsay said. 'It's so eclectic because it's everything.'" READ ARTICLE
"To call Irsay’s collection breathtaking would not do it justice. Items on display ran the gamut from historical artifacts — such as letters from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth and the Atlantic Charter signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt — to pop culture items such as Hunter S. Thompson’s “Red Shark” 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible." READ ARTICLE