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April 13, 2008 - USA / New York
New York - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House


1. African song - LBM
2. African song - LBM
3. Boy in the Bubble -Vusi Mahlasela and LBM
4. Gumboots - Paul and Band
5. Under African Skies - Kaissa and Vusi Mahlasela
6. Proof - Kaissa
7. She Moves On - Kaissa
8. The Coast - Kaissa, Paul on guitar
9. The Cool cool river - Paul and Band
10.Vendedor de Sonhos - Paul and Luciana Souza
11.Spirit Voices - Paul lead, Luciana backup singer
12.Can´t Run But - Lucianna Souza lead, Paul on guitar
13.BATRT - Paul lead, David Byrne, Kaïssa backup
14.I Know What I Know - David Byrne, Kaïssa backup
15.You can call me Al - David Byrne
16.Homeless - LBM and Vusi Mahlasela
17.Diamonds - Paul and LBM
18.Graceland - Paul and Band
19.That Was your Mother - Paul and Band

Paul Simon´s band: Jay Ashby
Tony Cedras
Steve Gadd
Jamey Haddad
Jim Hynes
Bakithi Kumalo
Vincent Nguini
Andrew Snitzer
Mark Stewart

Backup Singers: Vanessa Jones
Tshidi Manye

Special guest percussionist: Cyro Baptista

The band (not all members are present at all shows)

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
Charley Drayton - Drums

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The BAM is a very nice theatre with very good sound and holds about 2000 people.
LBM opened the show with 2 african songs, after that they sang The Boy In The Bubble with Vusi Mahlasela, it sounded very good.
Then Paul came on stage, he got a very warm welcome and played Gumboots with the band, Andy and Mark played a solo on flutes, very nice. Paul went of stage and Kaïssa and Vusi sang Under African Skies with Bakithi as one of the backup singers. Kaïssa then sang Proof, the horn players were great and Mark Stewart played a very good guitar solo. Kaïssa stayed, sang She Moves On, another great guitar solo from Mark, Cyro Baptista was great on percussion and after that Kaïssa sang The Coast beautifully and Paul was back playing the guitar, Cyro on percussion and another great horn section. Then came one of the highlights, the best performed song of the evening, The Cool Cool River! Paul sang, played and had a very good time together with the band, it almost looked like CP 91, in this theatre with great sound Steve, Cyro and Jamey played almost the roof of the building  Andy was great on the sax, Jay on trombone and Jim on trumpet.

After that Paul explained that Milton Nascimento was hospilatized, he was feeling better now but couldn´t perform, Luciana Souza, a very good Brazilian singer would sing instead of Milton, Luciana came on stage and sang Vendedor de Sonhos together with Paul. Spirit Voices lead by Paul and Luciana as backup singer, Cyro on percussion and a good horn section. Then the second highlight, Can´t Run But, lead by Luciana, Paul on guitar and backup with the other 2 backup singers, Cyro again great on percussion, the song sounded great and they all had such a good time together on stage.
Then it was time for David Byrne. Kaïssa, Luciana and David Byrne as backup singers and Paul lead on BATRT, David Byrne made his funny dance moves at the beginning, audience laughed, I was glad he didn´t do the dance moves the whole song, the laughing distracted the song a bit. Cyro and Jamey joined the percussions together, they sounded great, this was the third highlight of the show.
Then David sang I know what I know, Kaïssa backup with the other 2 backup singers. David Byrne also sang You Can Call me Al, with his funny dance moves, especially the younger fans in the audience appreciated David, Bakithi made his famous bass solo and the horns as usual. LBM and Vusi Mahlasela sang Homeless together. Then Paul came back on stage for the last 3 songs, first together with LBM on Diamonds, the hands clapping at the end of the song, great to see that live, another great drums and percussion session from Steve, Jamey and Cyro. After that Paul and the band played Graceland and the closer was a great That Was Your Mother. I enjoyed the concert very much, it was very nice to hear the songs in a different setting, with several highlights. You could see that Paul had a good time, playing, singing with or looking at the other singers performing his songs. The band was fabulous as always.