The man who has played with everyone and toured everywhere returns to Grass Valley where he played to a sold out audience in 2012.
The Center for the Arts will present David Bromberg with Jill Cohn opening Saturday.
An eclectic Americana Roots artist, Bromberg has been featured on more than 100 recordings with musicians like Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Garcia. Bromberg is joined by his band: Nate Grower on fiddle and mandolin, Mark Cosgrove on mandolin and guitar, Butch Amiot on bass and Josh Kanusky on drums.
After a 17-year hiatus from recording, Bromberg made a comeback in 2007, with his Grammy-nominated album, “Try Me One More Time.”
Bromberg is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. He never uses a set list for a concert.
Bromberg’s album, “Use Me,” featured collaborations with John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Los Lobos, Tim O’Brien, Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’ and Linda Ronstadt.
In 2011, Bromberg performed for more than 10,000 people at San Francisco’s “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.”
Bromberg began studying the guitar when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major.
He was drawn to the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-1960s. His versatile approach to guitar-playing earned him jobs playing the Village “basket houses” for tips, occasional paying gigs, and employment as a backing musician for Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rosalie Sorrels, among others.
He became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists such as Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon.
A solo deal with Columbia Records resulted in the recording of four albums. His 1971 debut included “The Holdup,” a song-writing collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison. Harrison played slide guitar on the track. Bromberg also befriended members of the Grateful Dead and recorded on two of Jerry Garcia’s albums.
Bromberg’s music is based in the folk and blues idioms, and encompasses bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music. He is proficient on fiddle, many styles of acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and dobro.
Bromberg developed a unique blues style that prominently featured a brass section to create a sound that would later be coined “hillbilly jazz.”
In 1980 when he and his wife, Nancy, moved from Northern California to Chicago where Bromberg attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. Though he still toured periodically, recordings slowed to a trickle and then stopped.
In 2002, after “too many Chicago winters,” Bromberg moved with his wife to Wilmington, Del., where he established his instrument retail and repair shop, “David Bromberg Fine Violins.” He began participating in the city’s weekly jam session and his desire to make music was again rekindled. The jams led to the formation of “Angel Band,” fronted by Bromberg’s wife, Nancy.
Since his 2007 Grammy-nominated release, “Try Me One More Time,” Bromberg has toured with Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band.
Seattle songstress Jill Cohn will open. Her songs pay homage to artists like Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and the Counting Crows, with tunes ranging from personal reflections to musical contemplations of a life well lived.
She tours venues big and small from local coffee houses in small rural towns, college campuses to a concert with an audience of 8,000 peace activists in Seattle’s Volunteer Park. Cohn was a top-five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent search in Seattle, Portland, and Phoenix and she opened for Dave Matthews during a Biodiversity Forest Rally.
Cohn has shared the stage with: Loudon Wainwright III, Vonda Shepard, Stacey Earle, Jimmy LaFave, David Mallett, Colin Hay, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, April Verch, Sam Phillips and more.
Her latest recording, “Beautiful I Love You,” was released in 2013.
Saturday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members of the Center, $35 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.