Behind the Scenes on tour with Art Garfunkel

Issue 14 - May 2018

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  Hello again from New York City. Just finishing up a multi-week run of shows which began in Asheville, NC and ending at the Hudson River town of Tarrytown, NY. Asheville is a great town up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you haven't been there, you need to plan a trip. Besides being a very artsy, hip town, it's also home to the largest privately owned home in America, coming in at almost 200,000 sq ft and surrounded by over 10 square miles of land. Owned by the Vanderbilt family, Biltmore is open for tours year round and a fun way to spend the the day. We stayed in the great Grove Park Inn which was built in the late 1800's and looks out at the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lobby features two massive fireplaces on each side. In between we played in one of my favorite towns, Monterey, CA. I played there years ago quite often with Mary Macgregor at a club just off of Fisherman’s Wharf atop a big hotel. We had put together a trio and traveled up and down the c  READ MORE >

Issue 13 March 2018

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  Hello again, my friends. January we did a run of shows in Florida starting in Clearwater, up through the Midwest, then heading south we played in beautiful and historic Charleston, SC and ending up for two nights in Atlanta, GA. Now we’re getting ready to gear up for a busy springtime run of shows. We start out in April heading to Asheville, Raleigh and Annapolis. Then, off to northern California for four shows including one of my favorite towns, Monterey. A few days off and then San Diego and ending in Los Angeles at the new Walt Disney Theatre. Please check my website’s calendar for all the updated shows. The end of May finds us heading back to Europe for a bunch of shows in Amsterdam, Germany, Denmark and the crown jewel, The Royal Albert Hall in London (which is already almost sold out!) We have played London the last 4 years in a row and have pretty much sold out each time! They love Art!   READ MORE >

Issue 12 January 2018

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  Happy New Year everyone! We went and played in some great places in 2017: the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York City, Boston, California, Chicago, Minneapolis and so many other great towns in between. We also performed in France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany and England at the historic London Palladium. We then finished out the year in Japan. Japan couldn’t have been more lovely, both the country and the people. The weather was perfect pretty much the entire two weeks we were there. Here are some pictures: 1. Matt, Dave, me and Colin waiting to catch the train. 2. Bullet Train. 3. Mt. Fuji from the train window. 4. Park in Sapporo...taken by Matt. We played two nights in Tokyo at the beautiful Bunkamura Orchard Hall, where we sold out both nights:   READ MORE >

Issue 11 November 2017

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  Hello friends. Enjoying some time off here in beautiful Nashville. It’s been a pretty light touring schedule this fall. Art has been out quite a bit promoting his new book, “What Is It All But Luminous”. Art told me he probably signed his name over a thousand times! In September we played two nights at the City Winery in Chicago. Great venue and sold out both nights. This past weekend we played a great old theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Despite all of the time off, Art’s voice has never sounded better. Dave and I weren’t too bad either! Next, I fly to New York City and then off to Japan for 7 shows. Please check the calendar on my website for the cities, (in case you happen to be in the area). I attended a couple of memorial services for my friend Michael Johnson. The first one in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis and the other here in Nashville at a music club called 3rd & Lindsley. Michae  READ MORE >

Issue 10 August 2017

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  Hello again, friends. In the middle of July, we started a three week run of shows that started in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and ended at the historic London Palladium. Talk about two great bookend venues! We stayed at the infamous Watergate Hotel in DC. The pencils I took from my hotel room have printed on them: I stole this from the Watergate Hotel. They must go through a lot of pencils. Next night we were in Virginia Beach, VA at the lovely Sandler Center. 1. The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. 2. Virginia Beach, taking our bows. Dave is gearing up to take flight over the crowd. A few days off in New York City and then we flew to Barcelona, Spain. There we played an outdoor show at an old palace. 1. Barcelona palace. 2. Lobby of our hotel in Barcelona 3. Sagrada Familia Cathedral started construction in 1882 and they're still working on it. Designed by Gaudi   READ MORE >

Issue 9 May 2017

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  Hello friends, A lot has happened since my last newsletter. In the middle of March we had a two night booking in NYC at the City Winery in SoHo (which is on the lower west side of Manhattan, next to Greenwich Village). No matter how many times I go to New York that area is still one of my favorite areas to walk around in. This trip, I wouldn’t have that pleasure because we all flew in just before a major snowstorm hit. Within only a couple of hours, six inches of snow covered the streets. As hardy as New Yorkers are, the snow was too much and our first night was cancelled. The streets were cleaned the next day and we were able to do the second night. It was a great, but different type of venue than we’re use to… a club, as opposed to a theatre setting. The seats came right up to the stage so there were many opportunities for this type of venue not to work, but it was a great hometown crowd and Art sang well. A few weeks later  READ MORE >

Issue 8 March 2017

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  Hello again, my friends. We’ve just returned from a three-week run of shows that started out in Ft. Pierce, Florida and ended in Lyon, France. In between those bookends was probably the most enjoyable time I’ve had on the road in a long time. From having lunch on the beach in Key West (first time I’ve been there) to having 3 days off in Paris, it was a great run. The shows were in Paris, Marseille and Lyon, France and Trieste, Milan, Padova and Rome, Italy, all architecturally beautiful and historical cities. I walked around Paris on my own a few times, got terribly lost more than a few times, but had a great experience. I love going into the great cathedrals, which are everywhere and always open to the public. The massive attention to detail that the old world craftsmen were able to accomplish, is truly staggering. The stained glass windows, mosaics, marble statues and artwork is overwhelming. I took a lot of pictures, but they really don’t do t  READ MORE >

Issue 7 February

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  Hello my friends, I hope everyone had a great holiday season! 2017 is shaping up to be a busy one. We played a sold out show in my hometown of Minneapolis on January 12th at the beautifully restored Pantages Theatre. A lot of old friends and family showed up to see me play with Art, some for the first time. Art’s wife is from Minnesota, so he had many friends and family there as well. Pantages Theater in Minneapolis We just finished up a two-week run of the Midwest, which included Mason City, Iowa where we stayed at the restored Historic Park Inn, which is the last Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world. If you remember, Art sang the song, "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" on Simon & Garfunkel's last album. Paul wrote the song for Art, knowing he was a big fan of the architect. Mason City's about 8 miles off the interstate, but worth the drive to check it out! Thankfully, the weather was on our side fo  READ MORE >

Issue 6/ November 2016

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  Photo of Downtown Nashville by Quinn Kananack Hello again from Nashville, where it still feels like summer. Enjoying a few weeks off from the road. Annie and I took a quick trip to Santa Fe to visit with good friends, Steve and Carol Gray, who recently moved there from Minneapolis. What a beautiful, historical southwestern town Santa Fe is. Our last run was all on the east coast: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. The timing was almost right to see the fall colors as the trees were just turning. We played a show in Burlington, VT, which sits on the shores of Lake Champlain. Looking across the lake you see the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York; a beautiful place. The Theater in Burlington, VT which is also the home of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, although I don’t recall there was any backstage. Out walking in Burlington with my traveling cohorts, Dave Mackay and Matt Craig.   READ MORE >

Issue 5

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  Hello again, friends and neighbors. In the middle of 6 weeks off and everyone is scattered about. I’m writing this from Taos, New Mexico, on my way to Santa Fe (On my way to Santa Fe, isn’t that an old cowboy song? It should be). #1 Wild horses run free on the open range in New Mexico. #2 Caught one! Actually, me in San Luis Obispo, California in 1982. I think in this newsletter I’ll post some photos I've taken of the various places we’ve played. #1 Henry the 8th's Hampton Court Palace on the River Thames. The place is massive! #2 There is a moat around some of it, although it's now empty. It also has 365 chimneys! Our hotel in Bath, England was a lovely old English estate. A few scenes while out walking the city streets of Bath. #1 Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon. It was completed in 1774. #2 Plenty of places to run to when   READ MORE >

Guitar Corner



John Knowles CGP

One of the things I enjoy while traveling is recognizing people that I've long admired and have been a fan of. I've gotten a little braver over time and going up to them and introducing myself. Carrying a guitar helps a bit, so they can see that I'm in the "biz"!  I recently flew into Boston from Nashville and on the flight was the amazing guitarist, John Knowles. Not a household name, but a greatly admired guitarist in my world. He's played and recorded with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel and many others.  The CGP after his name was bestowed upon him by Chet Atkins and means Certified Guitar Player. We stood together at baggage claim with our guitar cases on the floor next to us and chatted for quite a while and you couldn't meet a nicer and more humble person than John. He was impressed when I told him I play for Art saying, "Oh, you've got a good gig". At 76 years old, he still travels the world. He was headed to Scotland to do a Guitar Camp with Tommy Emmanuel. This is where guitar players from around the world come and pay for the privilege to sit and learn from the masters. Tommy Emmanuel, who I'm sure I've mentioned before is truly from a different planet. Also a Nashville resident, I've yet to meet him, but I'm looking forward to the day we end up on the same flight! Google or Youtube this guy and prepare to have your socks blown off.




On The Road



Monterey Pop Festival

One of the benefits of traveling with Art is the stories he'll share with us from back in the day. Paul Simon and Art, along with John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas and producer Lou Adler created the first Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967. It was the first of its kind...Woodstock would borrow the concept and take place two years later. The Monterey Pop Festival featured the first major US appearances of the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. All of the artists performed for free, except Ravi Shankar who insisted he be paid. Of course Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas & Papas performed as well. The festival is credited for launching the Summer of Love.




Oh...One More Thing!

Aliens


Behind the Scenes
on tour with Art Garfunkel

Guitar Corner



John Knowles CGP

One of the things I enjoy while traveling is recognizing people that I've long admired and have been a fan of. I've gotten a little braver over time and going up to them and introducing myself. Carrying a guitar helps a bit, so they can see that I'm in the "biz"!  I recently flew into Boston from Nashville and on the flight was the amazing guitarist, John Knowles. Not a household name, but a greatly admired guitarist in my world. He's played and recorded with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel and many others.  The CGP after his name was bestowed upon him by Chet Atkins and means Certified Guitar Player. We stood together at baggage claim with our guitar cases on the floor next to us and chatted for quite a while and you couldn't meet a nicer and more humble person than John. He was impressed when I told him I play for Art saying, "Oh, you've got a good gig". At 76 years old, he still travels the world. He was headed to Scotland to do a Guitar Camp with Tommy Emmanuel. This is where guitar players from around the world come and pay for the privilege to sit and learn from the masters. Tommy Emmanuel, who I'm sure I've mentioned before is truly from a different planet. Also a Nashville resident, I've yet to meet him, but I'm looking forward to the day we end up on the same flight! Google or Youtube this guy and prepare to have your socks blown off.




On The Road



Monterey Pop Festival

One of the benefits of traveling with Art is the stories he'll share with us from back in the day. Paul Simon and Art, along with John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas and producer Lou Adler created the first Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967. It was the first of its kind...Woodstock would borrow the concept and take place two years later. The Monterey Pop Festival featured the first major US appearances of the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. All of the artists performed for free, except Ravi Shankar who insisted he be paid. Of course Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas & Papas performed as well. The festival is credited for launching the Summer of Love.




Oh...One More Thing!

Aliens


Behind the Scenes
on tour with Art Garfunkel