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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Garfunkel, Nelson, Rimes among stars coming to the Sharon

Where have you gone, Art Garfunkel? Music lovers turn their lonely ears to you. Woo, woo, woo.

Art Garfunkel can still sing, with or without Paul Simon, and like a bridge over troubled water, he will ease the minds of fans who have been waiting for a rare Florida appearance.

Garfunkel’s gig was among several recently announced shows at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St., The Villages. He’ll take the audience on a journey of memorable pop classics and standards at 7pm Jan. 16, 2018. Tickets cost $50-$100 and go on sale Nov. 15.

Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of Simon & Garfunkel, recording hits such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

He also has released 12 solo albums, the most recent being “The Singer” in 2012, and Garfunkel’s new book, “What Is It All But Luminous (Notes from an Underground Man),” will be released Sept. 26.

“Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” Art says in a promotional release, noting he enjoys performing new and classic material for fans around the world. “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job. I try to soothe, to lift…That’s my life.”

Country legend Willie Nelson & Family Live in Concert is scheduled for 7pm Oct. 18, with tickets for $50-$200 going on sale Aug. 30. Nelson cut a show short Sunday, Aug. 13, at Salt Lake City, Utah, blaming altitude sickness, but is reportedly healthy with no changes announced for his schedule.

Singer LeAnn Rimes had her first national hit at age 13, but she’s all grown up now and will appear at 7pm Dec. 8 at the Sharon. Tickets cost $35-$98.

She’s touring in support of her most recent studio album, “Remnants,” which debuted in February at No. 4 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart. Rimes, a multi-platinum-selling singer and award-winning songwriter, has sold more than 44 million units worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and three Academy of Country Music Awards, according to the Sharon website.

Tickets also went on sale this week for Champions of Magic, performing at 7pm Oct. 10-11. The show includes five world-class illusionists from Britain coming to the United States for the first time following four years of touring the United Kingdom with sold-out shows and a run in London’s West End. The magicians will perform incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic, and daring large-scale illusions, the website states.

Tickets cost $20-$50, and tickets for all shows can be purchased online at,, any Villages box office, or by calling 352.750.5411.