Prescott’s Elks Theater and Khris Dodge Entertainment premiered a hand clapping, high voltage salute on Saturday night to singer/songwriter Paul Simon in “Still Crazy After All These Years: A Tribute to Paul Simon.” The night’s entertainment showcased favorites from Simon’s 50+ year career as one of America’s most popular songwriters. Lead singer Chach Snook’s rich vocals led an eight piece band thru flawless renditions of Simon’s classic hits beginning with his early years with Simon and Garfunkel thru his long solo career as a performer and song writer.
“Still Crazy After All These Years, A Tribute to Paul Simon,” featured his most notable classics, including “Me & Julio Down by the School Yard”, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, “Cecilia” “Mother and Child Reunion”, “Love Me Like a Rock”, “Song of Silence” and half a dozen songs from Simon’s 1986, Grammy winning album, Graceland. Fan’s from Simon’s early years with Simon and Garfunkel were treated to a show stopping rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with gifted vocalist and band member, Jeremy Vega.
Paul Simon’s importance to American popular music cannot be overstated. With 16 Grammy Awards to his credit, he is the only musician in history to be twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first with Art Garfunkel in 1990, and again in 2001, in recognition of his long career as a solo artist. In 2006, he was named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 People Who Shaped the World, and in 2015, Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest American Songwriters.
Beginning with such early hits as “Ms. Robinson”, “The Sound of Silence” and “Still Crazy After All These Years”, Simon’s signature became the intimate, introspective lyric of a half told story. Haunting, poetic lyrics from songs like “The Boxer” become unforgettable: “I am older than I once was, and younger than I’ll be.” Or “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”: “He’s a poor boy, empty as a pocket, empty as a pocket with nothing to loose...” And “Boy in the Bubble” reminds us that “…these are the days of miracles and wonder, don’t cry, baby, don’t cry.” A year ago, Paul Simon, who turns 78 in October, announced his retirement. His farewell tour, Homeward Bound, ends this summer.
Khris Dodge Entertainment, which specializes in high quality tribute shows to iconic musicians and performers from the Golden Age of pop music will return to the Elk’s Theater with a tribute to Carol King, “The Tapestry Album” on August 10th, and again with a tribute to Janis Joplin, “A Piece of My Heart” on September 21st. Tickets can be purchased by calling 928.777.1370, or by going to www.prescottelkstheater.com.