David Bromberg: 11/9/1989

Since some of you might not be familiar with David Bromberg, I figured I would share his bio from Wikipedia.

David Bromberg (born September 19, 1945) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time.

Bromberg has played with many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song “The Holdup” with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg’s self-titled 1972 album. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Bromberg is known for his fingerpicking style that he learned from Reverend Gary Davis.

(Source: Wikipedia)

So as you can see, he is no slouch. This was actually the second time I had seen Bromberg. I went with my dad to see him in the 70’s at Avery Fisher Hall in New York (alas – I do not have that stub). When I saw he was coming to Tobacco Road, I figured I had to go see him again, since the Road was the perfect place for his style of music.

Tobacco Road was a famous blues bar on the Miami River that was a speakeasy in the time of prohibition, and was the oldest bar in Miami until it was demolished on October 26, 2014. So it was a regular haunt for me and my music-loving friends. This particular night I went with my friends Todd and Craig. The place was packed, and the music was incredible. Seeing Bromberg in this venue was really something special.

I could not find a setlist from this particular show, but found a generic setlist from 1989.

Generic 1989 Bromberg Setlist:

  • Brown’s Ferry Blues / There’s No Business Like Show Business
  • Framed
  • Chump Man Blues
  • Keep On Drinkin’
  • I Like to Sleep Late in the Morning
  • Summer Wages
  • Stagger Lee
  • I’ll Take You Back
  • First I Look at the Purse
  • Midnight Hour Blues
  • Sharon

Encore:

  • Fiddle Medley
  • Delia’s Gone

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience: 3/18/2017

This was a somewhat pricey ticket for a show at the Grey Eagle, which is a bar and essentially standing room only (unless you paid $75 for a seat). But, I had never seen Grisman and figured I should jump at the opportunity to do so, and I am glad I did. I was supposed to go with my friend Robert to this show, but he was sick so he told me to give away his ticket. I called a few people and ended up giving it to my friend Bob, a mandolin/guitar player that I am currently in a band with, so it went to someone who appreciated the music.

The show was sold out, so the place was cramped and hot, but no one seemed to care. There was an opening band (the name evaded me) that also played traditional bluegrass, and they were good. They got the crowd excited. Then Grisman’s band came out. They were outstanding. They basically played unplugged, each member stepping up to one of the several microphones set up on stage when it was time to solo. But what made this show truly special was the surprise guest: Bobby Hicks, the fiddler from Bill Monroe’s group. He basically sat in for the second half of the set, and it was awesome. I managed to get a good picture with my phone.

I wish I had more to share, but was unable to locate the set list. It was an excellent concert and I am really glad I went.