In 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited after a 10-year split at the request of New York City Mayor Ed Koch who asked them to play a concert in Central Park as a benefit to keep the park open.
Not knowing if anyone would show up or care, they agreed and 500,000 people attended, making it one of the most famous concerts ever.
If you missed it, you can see for yourself what drew so many to the stage that special September evening with the Simon and Garfunkel tribute band “Old Friends” on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m., at Griswold Auditorium in Allegan.
Nick Foresman and Jason Elsenheimer have been playing the part of Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon since 2012.
“There’s other tribute bands, but none that re-enact one particular concert,” Foresman said. “It’s magical and unique. It’s not just an era or band, but an exact moment in time.”
The pair will re-enact actual conversations Simon and Garfunkel shared between songs. For example, they bantered about fireworks and Mayor Koch. The performance will include an eight-piece band with horns, saxophone, drums, bass and electric guitar.
There is one song that wasn’t played at the 1981 concert that will be added to the tribute concert.
“They had no idea the concert would be so popular and by the second encore they played “Late in the Evening” again—although you could hear people in the background chanting ‘Cecilia,’” Foresman said. “We play ‘Cecilia.’”
Tickets are available at Baker Allegan Studios Gallery, 148 Mill District Road, Allegan, by calling (269) 903-6883 or visiting www.bakeralleganstudios
. com/Concert_Tickets.php Tickets range from $20 to $30 and are an additional $5 at the door.