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David Bromberg comes to the Centre Theatre

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David Bromberg comes to the Centre Theatre David Bromberg comes to the Centre Theatre

DOVER-FOXCROFT On Saturday, Aug. 10, the legendary David Bromberg and The David Bromberg Quintet will perform in concert at the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in Dover-Foxcroft.

Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. An eclectic artist, he plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western and rock and roll equally well. Bromberg enjoys many aspects of touring, though the actual travel isn't one of them.


'It's fun. It would be the greatest job on earth as soon as they develop teleportation, but it's a lot of fun to travel around and play,' he said in a phone interview.

Bromberg plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals. He was born in Philadelphia in 1945, developing a love for music through the radio.

'As a kid I listened to whatever was on the radio,' said Bromberg. 'I discovered Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues.'  

Bromberg began guitar at 13, later enrolling in Columbia University. Greenwich Village in the mid-'60s drew him to the coffeehouses where he could learn from the best, including the Reverend Gary Davis.

Bromberg's playing earned him employment as a guitarist for recording sessions on hundreds of records by Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon and others. 

A successful spot at the Isle of Wight Festival led to Columbia Records. His 1971 debut included 'The Holdup,' a collaboration with George Harrison.

'That was big fun. You can imagine, of course it was an honor. [Harrison] was struggling with all of the fame, because he didn't think he was as good as he truly is or was,' said Bromberg. 'He was just fun to be with and I had a great time.'

 Four members of the Grateful Dead, including Jerry Garcia, played on his next two albums.

Despite jubilant concerts and albums, Bromberg found himself exhausted. 'I decided to change the direction of my life,' he said. He dissolved his band in 1980, and he and wife Nancy Josephson moved to Chicago, where David attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making.

After 'too many Chicago winters,' David and Nancy moved to Wilmington, Del., joining the city's artist-in-residence program and where David could establish David Bromberg Fine Violins. Weekly jam sessions rekindled Bromberg's desire to make music.

With 'Try Me One More Time,' his 2007 Grammy-nominated solo album, David recommenced touring with his quartet and the David Bromberg Big Band. In 2011, David completed 'Use Me,' which features David collaborating with friends like John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Los Lobos, Tim O'Brien, Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Keb' Mo' and Linda Ronstadt. A new album, 'Only Slightly Mad,' is set for release in Sept. 2013 on Appleseed Music. The new album was produced by three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell.

He described the difference between playing solo and with a band in degrees of power.

'When you have a band, you have a lot more power that you can use. Not power over people, but to bring to people,' he said.

As for what the future will bring for the band, Bromberg said, 'World domination. Everyone wants that.'

You can read more about David Bromberg and his band on our website,

About the band:

Mark Cosgrove guitar, mandolin, vocals

Mark Cosgrove's distinctive flatpicking sound is known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic, and it seems like he's just getting started. Not bad for someone who grew up in a Manhattan apartment surrounded by classical music and whose original musical ambition was to become a drummer.

"My first instrument was guitar, but I started playing drums when I was 10 or 11," he says. After flirting with drums, Mark returned to guitar but it wasn't until he heard the glorious wail of Clarence White on the Byrds' "Untitled" album that the guitar really took hold of him. Around the same time, Mark heard Doc Watson and made the connection that Doc and Clarence both were flatpicking the acoustic guitar. He 'was hooked and have been ever since.'

Before long, he felt good enough to tackle the challenging guitar competition circuit. Making his first pilgrimage to Winfield in 1987, he entered his very first guitar competition at the National Flatpicking Guitar Championships. "I didn't make the cut. I really sucked," he admits freely. "I spent the next eight years pondering how to go about that and have more success." By 1994, he felt ready to take another crack at the big time, heading to Merlefest for the flatpicking contest there. "I just wanted to get more experience; I had no concept that I might win," he says, adding that, "I got lucky that day." 

"Getting the call to play with David closes a wonderful circle in my working life because he has been such an influence on my playing and performing. David has a magic touch with an audience and with any instrument he picks up. He also makes you laugh a lot on the road! I'm so glad to be a part of the band."

Robert 'Butch' Amiot bass, vocals

Butch hails from Oxford , Ohio. Butch's parents were both musicians - his dad played Dixieland jazz, clarinet and sax, and his mom played piano and organ. Butch and his brother started young (when he was in the 4th grade). His brother played guitar and Butch played bass. They had a band that played at high school sock hops and frat parties at Miami University in Oxford.  Butch played in a few other bands before moving to western NY state, where Butch met Jeff Wisor, who later became David Bromberg's fiddler. Says Wisor: 'When The David Bromberg Band was looking for a bass player they called me and Butch did a week on the east coast with the quartet around Christmas in 1981 as an audition and has been with David ever since.' Butch has lived in the Albany, NY area since 1983.

Nate Grower fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals

The youngest member of David Bromberg's group, Nate Grower was motivated to take up the fiddle as a teenager after hearing bluegrass music at his home in western New York. He took a few classical violin lessons and made his debut with a symphony orchestra at the age of 17 at a performance of Stravinsky's 'Firebird.' Since moving to Delaware in 2005, he has concentrated his efforts on mastering the art of bluegrass fiddle. His fiery solos transfix audiences, and he is unmatched among fiddlers in his ability to play driving rhythmic backup. In addition to performing with David Bromberg, Nate plays in Chester River Runoff. Nate is the current Delaware State Fiddle Champion, and his influences include Stuart Duncan, Martin Hayes, Albert King, Ron Block, Jennifer Mombrea & Chris Thile to name a few.

Says Nate: 'It's truly a privilege to be playing with David. It's wonderful to play with someone from whom musically you can learn something every time you walk out on stage and perform.'

Josh Kanusky drums, vocals

Josh Kanusky was born and raised in Emmaus, PA. Rhythm had become his passion from a very young age. As a child he listened to the radio, drumming along to every genre of music that came across the airwaves. Although he is self-taught, Josh credits his style of drumming to Levon Helm, Bernard Purdie and James Gadson. Josh started playing for David's Big Band in March of 2011.

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