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Still Crazy After All These Years: Paul Simon Birthday/Tribute

Saturday Oct 15 7:30PM Add to Calendar
Skipper's Smokehouse [map]


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3:30pm - open mic
4:00pm Amber Lynn Nicol
4:20pm Jun
4:40pm 59th Street Bridge
5:00pm Liz Hollister
5:20pm Briar Hill
5:40pm Acme Jazz Garage
6:00pm Blind Buddy Moody
6:20pm Hamster Adams
6:40pm The Hurricane Eyes
7:00pm The Irish Buskers
7:20pm Florida Mountain Boys
7:40pm 59th Street Bridge
8:00pm Ditchflowers: BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS re-creation, in it’s entirety
9:00pm Rayzilla's PBS & special guest, Liz Hollister
9:20pm Tribal Style
9:40pm Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets
10:00pm The Regulars
10:20pm Phil 'n' the Blanks
10:40pm Johnny Cakes & the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypso
11:00pm Kleztet
11:20pm Ted Lucas and the Misled

WMNF and about 100 musicians will honor Paul Simon’s 70th birthday with a tribute to his music-both solo, with Art Garfunkel and with his groundbreaking work with South African and Brazilian musicians. As befits one of the modern era’s most eclectic performers the bands at this tribute will run the gamut from Ukulele folk and Zydeco/New Orleans to Klezmer and a band with instruments made from trash. With a career starting in the 1960s and continuing today, Paul Simon has established himself among the best and most popular songwriters of all time.

Producer Tom Wilson took the acoustic track "The Sound of Silence" from the Wednesday Morning album, overdubbed electric guitar, bass, and drums and released the result as a single in October 1965, It took off and hit number one, establishing Simon & Garfunkel. For the next five years, they were one of the most successful acts in pop music. After the break up of Simon and Garfunkel, Simon returned to solo work with Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years--which topped the charts and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Simon experimented with songwriting styles and became interested in South African music, resulting in Graceland, which became his biggest-selling solo album and won him another Album of the Year Grammy. His most recent release is So Beautiful or So What. Through his solo and collaborative work, Simon has earned 13 Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine.

The Ditchflowers will be performing, arguably Paul Simon’s best album, Bridge Over Troubled Water ~ in order, in it’s entirety.


$12.00 advance $15.00 at the door

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Skipper's Smokehouse

910 Skipper Road
Tampa , FL 33613 [map]
Phone: (813) 971 - 0666

Directions from North - I-275 to Bearss exit, then left one block to Nebraska. Go right on Nebraska for 1/4 mile to Skipper Road. Turn left and then left into parking lot.

Directions from South or East - I-275 N to Fletcher exit, then right one block to Nebraska. Go left on Nebraska to Skipper Road. Turn right and then left into parking lot.


Thanks for the memories Mr. Simon

You had asked for requests and stories about Paul Simon and his music. Please play anything from the concert he and Garfunkle gave in Central Park in the early 80s. I had just moved to NYC a week prior and saw an ad in the NY Times for a "free concert in the park". Being a kid and new to the "big" city and not knowing anyone, I was a little leery. I could not let that opportunity pass me by so I grabbed a blanket to sit on and a couple of beers and headed for the park. To my surprise as I entered Central Park there was a sea of mellow, happy people. Speakers were mounted in the trees. (These were pre-jumbo tron days). It was awesome! Days later, I called my sister (who lived in a differant state) to tell her about my adventure and she told me that the concert was being televised and how large that event actually was. I had no idea. Thanks for the memories Mr. Simon. Thank you WMNF for the great music.

Tuesday Morning Show special

Thanks, Diana. I’m asking listeners to share their memories and requests for a special Morning Show the Tuesday before the tribute. We’ll feature Paul Simon’s music, originals and covers, spanning his entire career. Let me know what you’d like to hear, and we’ll air your thoughts, along with the music, on the 11th. You can leave comments below or e-mail me at

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