David Crosby and Graham Nash returned to their folk music roots, playing an acoustic set Tuesday afternoon for the Occupy Wall Street protesters and an older generation of former antiwar activists that support the movement.
"A lot of us were moved to tears," said Leo Schaff, an artist from the Upper East Side who remembered protesting during the Vietnam War. "To see them with their beautiful white hair, singing right here with no microphones and everyone singing along is quite inspirational."
The crowd chanted, "End this war," and sang along during the 20-minute gig, which ended with "Teach your Children."
Crosby and Nash were inspired to play after visiting the park last week. They were in town with band mate Stephen Stills, who did not attend the show, having played the Beacon Theater Monday night.
"There is inequality going on that people are recognizing, and it needs to stop," Nash told amNewYork after the performance.
"Keep going," he urged the protesters, who have been camping out since September. "Stay here."
Sean Dolan, a protester who works in the park's kitchen said "they fit right in" with the demonstrators.
"Crosby, Stills and Nash were the voice of dissent and revolution in the '60s," said Dolan, 48, who has seen the band play several times. "Everything they sang rang true and it really resonated with what we're fighting for."