Avalon Theatre @ Fallsview Casino
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday February 25, 2017
Review: Joseph Suto
Art Garfunkel better known as one half of one of the biggest acts in the history of music, Simon and Garfunkel played a solo show at Fallsview Casino Saturday evening. Proof of their time together the duo still own the record for the 7th largest attended concert in history for their performance in Central Park in 1981.
“I can’t believe I’m still doing this” were the first words out of Garfunkel’s mouth as he took the stage at the Fallsview. He went on to explain that performing live is an addiction and it beats the recording studio.
With keyboardist Dave MacKay flanked to his left and Nashville guitarist Tab Laven on his right, Garfunkel weaved through a splendid set of songs. The ones most came to hear were the ones that were recorded with his old friend Paul Simon. Garfunkel also mentioned his top five favorite songwriters of all-time. Proclaiming Kathy’s song his favorite by Simon, who made his prestigious list. Another songwriter Garfunkel holds in high honors is Stephen Bishop. A tender version of “Real Emotional Girl” was among the night’s highlights. With such gems as “The Boxer” and “Sounds Of Silence”, the set list was delightful.
Garfunkel called the Everly Brothers his heroes. Joining him for “Let It Be Me” was his wife Kim as they paid homage to the legendary duo.
In between songs Garfunkel read excerpts from his forthcoming book which will tell his life story through writings, essays and poems due later in the fall.
Overall it was a very enjoyable night as one was able to see the many sides of an impressive performer who isn’t ready to sail into the sunset quite yet.
April Come She Will
A Heart in NY/All I Know
A Poem On An Underground Wall
The Side Of A Hill
Real Emotional Girl
Let It Be Me
Sounds of Silence
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Good Night My Love
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep