Saturday, January 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Supported by Producer’s Circle donors Barry Schnur and Mariam Cohen
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Opening Act: Austin Shaw
David Bromberg’s incredible musical journey spans five and a half decades and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia, as well as music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg has mastered several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, and mandolin) and his command of multiple styles is legendary, leading the singer, songwriter, and musician Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain album, Bromberg even coinvented a genre: “newgrass.”
Bromberg has performed with numerous artists and has toured extensively. He can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with solo acoustic blues. Influenced by Pete Seeger and the Weavers and, through them, by Reverend Gary Davis, Bromberg discovered Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. At the same time, Bromberg was listening to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and Doc Watson. Over time, Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, grew to encompass all of these influences: bluegrass, ragtime, country, and ethnic music.
After years of recording and touring, Bromberg and his wife, Nancy, decided to leave performing and moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where they became part of the city’s artist-in-residence program and where he could establish David Bromberg Fine Violins, a retail store and repair shop for high-quality instruments. Frequent participation in the city’s weekly jam sessions helped rekindle Bromberg’s desire to make music again, as did the encouragement of fellow musicians Chris Hillman (of the Byrds, Desert Rose Band, and Flying Burrito Brothers) and bluegrass wizard Herb Pedersen. So, in 2007, he returned to recording and touring.
“Great session players easily cross genres, and guitarist Bromberg is one of the great ones.”—Boston Globe
“The ever-humble Bromberg continues to astound us with his mastery.”—Elmore MagazineBack to Concerts