David Bromberg’s incredible musical journey spans five-and-a-half decades and includes adventures with Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, George Harrison. Bromberg has played with everyone, toured everywhere, and can lead a rowdy big band or hold an audience silent with his solo acoustic blues. And now, he’s coming to Grass Valley! On Sunday, February 23, at The Foothills Event Center, you can witness this multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter LIVE in concert. This concert is presented as part of The Center for the Arts’ curated “OnTheGo” concert series, appearing in various venues throughout Nevada County during the Center for the Arts renovations.
Americana godfather David Bromberg will be joined on stage with his longtime cohorts Mark Cosgrove on guitar, Butch Amiot on bass, Josh Kanusky playing drums, Nate Grower on fiddle, and Peter Ecklund playing the cornet. Bromberg received music and life lessons from significant blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who called young Bromberg his son. In producing John Hartford’s influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a new musical genre: Newgrass. As a “musician’s musician,” Bromberg has mastered multiple styles and several stringed instruments (the guitar, fiddle, Dobro, and mandolin). Dr. John has even declared Bromberg an American icon.
Bromberg’s guitar work has been called a marvel; he uses both slide and fretted electric guitar. His delicately robust acoustic fingerpicking propels songs with the same energy that made him the go-to for musical acts ranging from Phoebe Snow to the Eagles. “He’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song. He’s incredibly inventive as a player. Sometimes restrictions can be good,” says longtime friend Larry Campbell, a producer and arranger.
He began taking guitar lessons at 13 and went on to enroll at Columbia University as a musicology major. His versatile, sensitive approach to guitar-playing got him jobs as a back-up musician for Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Rosalie Sorrels. Bromberg went on to become a first-choice backing guitarist for recording sessions. He played on hundreds of records by artists including Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon.
His 1971 debut album included “Suffer to Sing the Blues,” a Bromberg original that became a radio staple and “The Holdup,” a collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison. Through his manager, Al Aronowitz, David met the Grateful Dead and wound up playing on their next two albums.
Bromberg’s material ranges from folk to blues to bluegrass and country music. Although Bromberg remains the proprietor of the popular shop David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware, he still makes time to tour with his five-man ensemble. His live show includes songs from the noteworthy album “The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues.” Bromberg continues to bring his signature devotional intensity to the music.
The David Bromberg Quintet is slated to perform live at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley, California, on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Our doors will open at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm. You can purchase tickets at Briarpatch Co-op, online, or at the Chamber of Commerce at 128 East Main Street.
Know & Go
Who: David Bromberg Quintet
What: Center for the Arts OnTheGo Concert
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm
Where: The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley, California
Cost: $38 for Center of the Arts members
$43 Regular Admission