Kleinhans Music Hall welcomes the wunderkind of American roots music, The David Bromberg Quintet, for a performance June 15 in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $35.
For “Americana godfather” David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Rait, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son.
A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s influential “Aereo-Plain” LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.
Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington (Delaware) cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues.
The David Bromberg Quintet eventually emerged, settling into its current lineup of Mark Cosgrove (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Nate Grower (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Josh Kanusky (drums, vocals), and newest member, Suavek Zaniesienko (bass, vocals). Joining Bromberg’s core band are keyboardist extraordinaire Dan Walker on piano, organ and accordion, a stellar horn section of Bromberg regulars such as Birch Johnson (trombone), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Matt Koza (tenor sax) and Bob Stewart (tuba), with Larry Campbell on mandolin and pedal steel.
The new album, “Big Road,” gives Bromberg fans the most intimate portrait to date of Bromberg and the band, musically and visually. Featuring 12 new tracks, five hi-def performance videos, and a mini-documentary detailing the album’s creation.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting https://kleinhansbuffalo.org/event/the-david-bromberg-quintet/; or for personalized service, call 716-885-5000.
Kleinhans Music Hall said it “is deeply committed to the health and wellness of our audiences, staff, volunteers, performers and community; therefore, all patrons over the age of 13 will be required to provide proof of vaccination and identification at the door. In addition to the proof of vaccination, all patrons must wear masks while inside Kleinhans Music Hall.”
For more information, visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.