Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Mick Rossi - Piano, Percussion
Jim Oblon - Drums, Guitars
I was visiting old friends, a Thanksgiving tradition. I come to southern Indiana a couple times a year. I used to live here.
When they told me Paul Simon was playing IU Auditorium on Sunday night, I said WHAT?! Let´s go!!
We found a great deal on last minute tickets online (6th row, side, excellent sight lines, and just beneath the line array mains). When I saw the array of instrumentation I got excited.
I knew nothing about the tour, other than it was for his new CD, So Beautiful or So What, which I have on my iPhone, and have been listening to, so I am familiar with the new songs. What a great surprise to see the opening act was the Punch Brothers! I´m a big fan of Chris Thiele (mandolin) and the band is excellent, tight, and a bit idiosyncratic. They can tear up the bluegrass repertoire, but they write artsy tunes with lots of shifts and changes and coloration. So that was very enjoyable. Their set was a little over half an hour.
Paul came out very shortly thereafter, and proceeded to play a two hour plus show, with the song selection coming from every phase of his career. Standouts include:
Mother and Child Reunion
Peace Like A River
Hearts and Bones, transitioning into Mystery Train,
And ´Wheels´¯ by Chet Atkins, performed by one of the drummers (!) on guitar
Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes
(complete set list here: http://wttsfm.com/2011/11/paul-simon-live-on-wtts/comment-page-1/#comment-2508)