The Baseball Hall of Fame announced last week the first big headline act to join the Boston Pops in the 75th anniversary concert on Aug. 2: Paul Simon.
“It’s going to be a great capstone to the summer,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “Having an event like this to celebrate the true culture of baseball is going to put the museum and this town in an incredibly positive light.”
Simon is a 12-time Grammy winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His early work was with partner Art Garfunkel in the group Simon and Garfunkel. He moved on to a solo career, which is best known for the album “Graceland.” Currently he is on tour with Sting.
Idelson said that Simon, and each subsequent artist to join the lineup, will perform three songs with the Boston Pops, who he called the world’s greatest house band.
The two hour concert is scheduled to take place at the Clark Sports Center, six days after this year’s Hall of Fame inductions. It is titled “A Concert In Celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum’s 75th Anniversary.”
Although the complete lineup has not been announced yet, jazz guitarist and former New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams will also be among the musicians featured.
The genesis of of the concert began about 18 months ago, when Idelson was introduced to Loren Harriett, a producer who specializes in producing musical projects and events with sports stars and organizations with a charitable element.
Harriett had recently completed the production of an album celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox. Tied in with that album were a series of limited edition Fender guitars produced for the anniversary. Harriet said that the two began talking about the Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary, and the idea of making a guitar in honor of it.