Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

Famed folk singer-songwriters Stephen Stills and Judy Collins will team for their first-ever tour together, which includes a stop in Bakersfield on May 13.

Photo by Anna Webber

Legendary singer-songwriters Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have a storied past. From a tumultuous love affair, which spawned a hit song, to becoming friends and collaborators, the folk icons keep a vital piece of music history alive. They will take the stage together for the first time in Bakersfield on May 13 for a show at Spectrum Amphitheatre at the Park at River Walk.

Tickets, which range from $19.50 to $79.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. 

Fifty years ago, Stills met Collins, who was known for her talent and her piercing ocean blue eyes. The smitten songwriter captured the drama of their two-year relationship with his song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” which he performed as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash on the band's landmark debut. The artists have helped shape modern music with visionary approaches, with solo work and collaborations (including their "Everybody Knows," released in September) as well as literary work.

This upcoming tour marks the first time ever Stills and Collins have been onstage together. For this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the performers will pull from their rich catalogs, debut songs from their album and share intimate stories from their journeys and the 1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build.

The show is at 7 p.m. May 13 at Spectrum Amphitheatre at the Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Highway. Tickets go on sale Friday at the Rabobank Arena Box Office, 1001 Truxtun Ave., by phone at 888-929-7849, and at

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