Backed by his longtime guitarist Tab Laven and new addition Cliff Carter on keyboards Garfunkel shared songs from his impressive catalogue of solo hits and Simon & Garfunkel classics.
From the opening notes of “April Come She Will” to the powerful closer of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the sweet goodnight of “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” Garfunkel had the audience in the palm of his hand for the entire show.
Between songs Garfunkel shared stories of his life touching on such topics as childhood, fatherhood and his road to recovery from vocal cord paresis. Art also mentioned his childhood friend and sometime creative partner Paul Simon many times during the evening. Tales of Simon included goodnatured ribbing and loving remembrances of their youth including the first time Paul ever played “The Sound Of Silence” for Artie.
Before the show started I didn’t know what to expect or if Garfunkel’s voice was truly back to it’s former glory. After spending almost 2 hours with him I can assure you that the instrument he was born with is definitely back and hopefully ready to entertain for years to come.
Drumroll please… 8 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
April Come She Will
A Heart In New York/All I Know
99 Miles From L.A.
Real Emotional Girl
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
The Sound Silence
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.