Paul Simon is still mildly influential on a lot of modern music, no? He might not get name-checked as much as Springsteen or the Talking Heads, but if you listen to enough new music, you’ll find his footprints. Take a listen to the second section of Panda Bear’s “Take Pills” and tell me there’s not a little “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” in there.
Accordingly, Simon will soon be presented with the first Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress. The soiree will go down May 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. PBS will be there to tape it, and the network will air the show June 27. Musician showing up to praise Simon (and possibly play some of his songs) include Stephen Marley, Lyle Lovett, Philip Glass, and Alison Kraus. SNL founder and good friend of Simon’s Lorne Michaels will co-host the show, alongside Bob Costas.