Paul Simon tribute concert at Carnegie Hall

Posted on March 28, 2014

There won’t be much of the ‘sound of silence’ heard at New York’s Carnegie Hall next week, when folk-music legend—and noted fingerstyle guitarist—Paul Simon will be honored with a musical tribute to his 50-plus-year career.

On March 31, New York concert promoter Michael Dorf will present “The Music of Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall” as his tenth annual tribute event; expected performers include the rock band Heart, folk singer Judy Collins, punk icon John Doe, and former-Husker Du guitarist Bob Mould, among others.

Past Carnegie Hall tributes put on by Dorf have honored such artists as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., and Bruce Springsteen.

Simon’s guitar work on such ‘60s classics as “The Sound of Silence” and “Kathy’s Song” helped define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s (Simon had studied the style of British acoustic-guitar legend Bert Jansch), and later solo albums as Graceland famously merged American folk rock with world-music influences. In 2010, Gibson.com put him at No. 18 on the guitar company’s list of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time. 

Simon, 72, hasn’t announced publically whether he will appear at the tribute, though he did take part in a previous event staged by Dorf--a Simon & Garfunkel tribute staged several years ago in Central Park. As the promoter told ABC News Radio earlier this week, “For [Simon] to go from his house to Carnegie is not that far, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”

Check out the above video of Simon & Garfunkel performing "The Sound of Silence" live at Madison Square Garden in 2009.

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