Wilmington’s David Bromberg is Literally a National Treasure

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What do the Library of Congress and Arden Gild Hall Have in Common?

Answer: Wilmington resident David Bromberg.

The David Bromberg Quintet plays this Thursday, September 21, at Arden Gild Hall. The John Train Duo will also appear.

Not surprisingly, the show is sold out.

David Bromberg’s loyal following is the result of a career spanning more than fifty years, working with the likes of Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Eagles, George Harrison, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, and others.

Anyone who knows of Blues knows of David Bromberg. And anyone who knows of fine American-made violins knows of him, too. In addition to being a renowned Blues musician, Bromberg is the proprietor of David Bromberg Fine Violins on Market Street in Wilmington. He has amassed a collection of more than 250 violins that the Library of Congress has expressed interest in acquiring. Recognizing Bromberg’s impact on American music, the Library has already secured some of his Blues-related papers, posters, programs, photos and recordings. But they want more: his violin collection.

In 1976, the Library of Congress marked the country’s bicentennial by founding the American Folklife Center to preserve and archive American folk life. For more than forty years, it has been doing just that, and Bromberg presents an all-American twofer: documentation of decades of working with uniquely American musicians; and a collection of U.S. made violins that represent 200 years of specialized American craftsmanship.

Perhaps he’ll have one of them with him at Arden Gild Hall on the 21st. Fans lucky enough to have a ticket may find out. They can also expect to hear music from his latest album, “The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues.” Though Bromberg is known to be a musician who doesn’t plan his concert sets, the album was named DownBeat Magazine’s 2017 Blues Album of the Year and is likely to make that evening’s playlist.

Bromberg’s tour schedule over the next seven months includes stops in Portland, Maine; Asheville, North Carolina; Iowa City, Iowa, and more than a dozen other cities along the way.

Learn about David Bromberg: www.davidbromberg.net

Discover Arden’s concert series: www.ardenconcerts.com

Delve into the Library of Congress: www.loc.gov



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Robert DeSantis

Robert DeSantis

Robert DeSantis is a Baltimore, MD native who moved to Wilmington, DE in 1989 – never imagining he'd still be here nearly 30 years later.

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