It’s hard to believe that Art Garfunkel will be performing in downtown Grass Valley on September 17, 2016 at 8 p. m. Why, you ask…well, when you think of the spectacular career and immense impact that his work has had on music history, you can’t help but smile knowing that his unique voice will be filling in the silence at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn Street. Our musical history has had thousands of talented musicians, songwriters and performers but there are only a few handfuls that can be defined by one word, two words or just by a note with their signature voice. Art Garfunkel epitomizes the latter category. The moment you hear his voice as he sings “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “The Sound of Silence” or “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”, your heart settles into a familiar sound and your soul remembers the first time it experienced the beauty. That’s quite a powerful gift to share and it all began back in the 1950’s in the Forest Hills neighborhood of New York when Art and his boyhood friend, Paul Simon, began entering talent contests singing songs of the Everly Brothers. Only 11 years of age, they began practicing relentlessly until they reached what they felt was a “professional” sound. Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm ‘n Blues became the fad and the new singing duo set their sites on the Brill Building hoping to sign a contract. By the time they were seniors in high school, they appeared on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Deciding on a different avenue to take, Mr. Garfunkel left the duo to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Columbia University. He never stopped singing and reunited with Paul in 1962 when they signed with Columbia Records. “Homeward Bound,” “I Am a Rock,” “Cecilia,” and “My Little Town” are just a few songs among their list of hits that added to the legacy of what was to become “Simon and Garfunkel”. Whenever you hear, “where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?” you can’t help but conjure up the image of Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in the film classic “The Graduate”directed by Mike Nichols. That is why it is so hard to believe. As proud sponsors of The Center for the Arts, we thank them for their ongoing efforts in bringing such amazing talent to our beautiful community. We hope you join us for an incredible night of timeless talent…and a voice that is anything but the sound of silence.