The rhythm of Saint Paul

  • Members of The Youngest Sun, Spotted Tiger, Shokazoba and more have banded together for Paul Simon night at Harlow's Pub in Peterborough. Pictured are Rachel Allen, left, Duncan Pelletier, Ethan McBrien, Matt Rivero, Erik White, Jordan Cusano, Tobey LaRoche, Garrett Cameron, Rory Hurley and Nick Heys. Courtesy photo

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 3:58PM

The legendary Paul Simon is out on his final tour, “Homeward Bound,” before he calls it a career after over 60 years of performing. Tickets to those concerts are hard to come by, but don’t dismay — the next best thing is coming to Peterborough next Friday.

Local band The Youngest Sun has teamed with a handful of other musicians to perform a Paul Simon night at Harlow’s Pub on July 6.

“We’ve had this idea for a really long time, and we figured now was the perfect time to do it,” said Youngest Sun pianist and vocalist Duncan Pelletier of Peterborough. About a year ago, Harlow’s hosted a performance of The Band’s “The Last Waltz,” and this winter, The Youngest Sun and others performed the Grateful Dead’s seminal live album “Europe ‘72.” Next Friday, a ten-piece band will perform a carefully curated, career-spanning setlist of Paul Simon songs.

“I think he has some of the most memorable and interesting lyrics in pop music, because he’s just as a lyricist as somebody like Bob Dylan but his songs are just much more accessible,” Pelletier said. “I’d definitely put him in the top American songwriters of all time, and that’s what it is — the songs are just so good, everybody knows the songs, they’re just ingrained in American culture.”

The concert starts at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit harlowspub.com.