1/14/2014 1:41:00 PM Music legend David Bromberg coming to Old Town Cottonwood, Sedona
If You Go . . .
What: David Bromberg in Concert
When: Thursday, March 13, 7 pm
Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th Street & Main, Cottonwood
How Much: $30 adv $35 door $40 priority
More info: (928) 634-0940 www.oldtowncenter.org
He's played with everyone. He's toured everywhere. He can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with solo acoustic blues.
Quite simply, David Bromberg is a music icon.
In a collaborative effort between the Old Town Center for the Arts, Sedona International Film Festival and Kudos magazine, David Bromberg will perform at OTCA March 13 and also will appear at Sedona's Mary D. Fisher Theater during a pair of screenings of the new movie: DAVID BROMBERG Unsung Treasure.
"We're really excited about David coming to Old Town Center for the Arts," said William Eaton, co-director of OTCA. "To see him live in our intimate, vintage theater will be about as good as it gets."
Sedona Film Festival Executive Director Patrick Schweiss said there will be two screenings of DAVID BROMBERG Unsung Treasure March 12 at 4 and 7 p.m. Mr. Bromberg has agreed to do a question-and-answer session following the 4 p.m. showing, and will then introduce the 7 p.m. viewing.
Schweiss explained that DAVID BROMBERG Unsung Treasure is a feature documentary that reveals the rich and largely untold history of David Bromberg through intimate interviews with Bromberg, archival photographs and footage, music recordings that include never-before released cuts of Bromberg's music, and interviews with his contemporaries and family. An equal passion for blues, folk, country, bluegrass and rock and roll, Bromberg's diverse range resurfaced in 2007 when he began a musical comeback following a career as a violin craftsman and dealer. After more than two decades away from the recording studio, his 2007 release, Try Me One More Time, was nominated for a Grammy award.
Kudos Publisher Pam Miller said, "It's a honor to team with the Old Town Center for the Arts and the Sedona International Film Festival. It is an even greater honor to be a part of a team that will bring a musician and performer of Mr. Bromberg's stature to Sedona and the Verde Valley."
Bromberg's sensitive and versatile approach to guitar playing and song writing has earned him a revered place amongst some of the most influential music artists of our time. He's appeared or recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jerry Jeff Walker, to name a few. The venerable CF Martin & Co. guitar company features a David Bromberg signature guitar, the M42, a 0000 solid Italian Alpine Spruce top with solid East Indian Rosewood on the sides and back.
"I first met David at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the mid-'90s," Eaton remarked. "I played a few sets before David, and when he took the stage you could feel something special was going to happen. From the first song, 10,000 people stood up to see, hear and clap for Bromberg. He's most definitely one of the best live performers I've ever seen; amazing energy, great guitar player and a commanding voice.
"I remember talking with my good friend Dan Engler about Bromberg a few years ago. We were exchanging stories about him and fantasizing about him coming to the Old Town Center for the Arts. I remember saying, 'Let's just send him an email and ask him. Can't hurt?' When I looked up his website, I learned that he was bringing his quartet to Phoenix that spring (2012). I got in touch with his manager, and there was some interest, but we couldn't make the numbers work. About a month ago we revisited the idea, and just by chance he was traveling to Tucson for a solo concert. Dan added that he was featured in a biographical documentary entitled 'Unsung Treasure.'"
Eaton, in turn, call Patrick Schweiss to see about a showing of the documentary, where David could also appear.
"Patrick was on board immediately," said Eaton. "He's a visionary, and has really taken the Sedona International Film Festival to a new level. This will be a fun collaboration. So, David and his manager agreed, and the extra bonus is that David will speak to our guitar-making students in Phoenix on his way to Sedona and Cottonwood."
Eaton is the co-founder of the Phoenix-based Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and its present director.
" Now that it's all fallen into place, reality is setting in. It's like a dream come true," said Eaton.
Tickets for Mr. Bromberg's March 13 concert are $30 advance, $35 door and $40 for priority seating in the first three rows. Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com and can be purchased at Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Foods in Cottonwood and at Crystal Magic in Sedona.