Video: Paul Simon At The Vic

 So Beautiful Or So What

Paul Simon (Photo: Mark Seliger)

cb 125212 1 Video: Paul Simon At The VicTerri Hemmert took the stage last night saying there was excitement in the air because it was a rare opportunity to witness a musical legend in an intimate venue.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Simon’s[/lastfm] meticulous and intricate arrangements and wordplay are  best appreciated in a setting like the Vic and he did not disappoint, leading his crack, multi-instrumental eight piece band on an exuberant romp through his extensive catalog with a few detours that included Junior Parker, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimmy Cliff [/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chet Atkins[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]George Harrison[/lastfm].

Of course the joy of Simon’s songs are always tempered by bombs in the baby carriage, the Christmas dinner in a war zone and the mother and child reunion that was a chicken and egg dish on the menu. Sometimes I swear even the feeling groovy guy was on his way to jump off the 59th St. Bridge. The visuals included photos of the solar system, the Serengeti plain, New Orleans and New York City, enhancing the music that would crystallize from time to time as rockabilly, reggae, zydeco , folk-rock and even a little bit of jazz-rock fusion but most often it was a blend that could best be described as modern pop. (We humans must label things; after all, it was one of our first assignments.)

Simon was relaxed and confident throughout the show acting as bandleader as well as the center of attention, exhorting and praising his combo which seemed especially enthusiastic on material from the new album “So Beautiful or So What,” but the whole concert was a joy to behold. He plays again tonight at a sold out Chicago Theatre.


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  1. FernLaPlante says:

    The audio is good but the video looks like you were standing out on Sheffield, it’s so far away!

  2. Marc Alghini says:

    So honored to be in there last night, a wonderful show all 24 songs and 2 hours of it. Such a great American treasure.

  3. Mark Gontarz says:

    “Of course the joy of Simon’s songs are always tempered by bombs in the baby carriage, the Christmas dinner in a war zone and the mother and child reunion that was a chicken and egg dish on the menu. Sometimes I swear even the feeling groovy guy was on his way to jump off the 59th St. Bridge.”
    Boo Hoo… ya had me and then you lost me. I have no idea what you were trying to say in this part of your review:-/ All in all, tho, I too felt like I was taking part in something very rare and special by attending this show. Got lucky on first attempt for tickets after resigning myself to not having much of a chance to even get through at “on sale” time. I just wish the people around us (main floor, upper tier, audience right) would have taken their nearly continuous 2 hour conversation to Leona’s or somewhere more conducive to ignorance behavior. They only shut up during (no pun) “The Sound of Silence”. God bless Paul Simon. Amazing show.

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