The Voice is Back!
Art Garfunkel will perform An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Jabez Hardin Auditorium in Evans.
The all-acoustic concert will feature classic songs from his 50-year career complete with stories, anecdotes, and even a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Of course, you can expect several classics that the New York native recorded with Paul Simon in addition to material from his five solo studio releases.
The 72-year-old Garfunkel has been on hiatus since 2010 when he was diagnosed with vocal cord paresis. The show in Evans is part of a short mini-tour that began last week in Tennessee.
TALK ABOUT BOOKENDS DEPT. Garfunkel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s in mathematics from Columbia University, is a major bookworm and lists more than 1,000 books he’s read on his Web site.
Garfunkel rarely wrote much material during his career. However, he was much more than just Simon’s singing partner in the ’60s as he assisted in arrangements, production, and sequencing of five of the finest albums ever recorded by any duo.
The six-time Grammy Award-winning artist sang lead on several Simon and Garfunkel standards, including For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her and, of course, Bridge Over Troubled Water. His sublime opening vocal on So Long Frank Lloyd Wright never fails to send shivers up my spine.
For me, it was his singing with Simon on songs such as I Am a Rock, Mrs. Robinson, Cecilia and the trippy Fakin’ It that gave the twosome their distinctive, hit-making sound.
His solo hits after splitting with Simon include six top-40 hits including the Jimmy Webb-penned All I Know, I Only Have Eyes for You, and the Sam Cooke classic What a Wonderful World, which he recorded with James Taylor and Paul Simon.
KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED DEPT. At the show in Evans, you can expect some interesting song selections. In recent shows, Garfunkel has performed covers of Randy Newman’s Real Emotional Girl as well as the 1934 chestnut Someone to Watch Over Me. You might also get to hear S&G faves April Come She Will, The Boxer, and possibly For Emily in addition to some surprises.
All tickets for the Evans concert have been sold, but longtime fans might keep an eye on any unused tickets that might become available. There’s been no word of a second show but one thing is for sure: the 300 or so fortunate souls who purchased their tickets in advance will enjoy an unforgettable evening of music from a true artist in every sense of the word.