By Michael Gioia
10 Sep 2013
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
The evening continued with Peter Gabriel's "Washing of the Water," a tune that Paguia covered on his first jazz album; a soul-infused version of Buddy Miles' "Them Changes"; Pink Floyd's "Money," featuring effortless piano solos from Paguia — who, not to mention, played the entirety of the evening from memory, without sheet music; and a captivating performance of James H. Shelton's "Lilac Wine."
Mendez and Paguia dueted — with Mendez on vocals and Paguia on the keys, sans bass and drums accompaniment — on Joni Mitchell's "My Old Man," the first song that the two collaborated on but don't often use in concert, and the evening's encore, Raul Midón's "Sittin' in the Middle."
Before the encore, Mendez — with a week's worth of Wicked performances ahead — said with a laugh, "Everyone [must] go home, and I have to stop talking!" At the end of the night, it was evident that Mendez and Paguia, center stage at 54 Below, were "Sittin' in the Middle" of fans and friends in the heart of Broadway's theatre district.