LOD 12: Best Folk Rock Performance…David Bromberg

Photo by C. Rotolo (Bromberg & Grushecky @ LOD 12)

Night 3 – The Paramount Theatre: I had never seen David Bromberg, never heard his music, was not aware of his existence, prior to the announcement of LOD’s lineup and, aside from The Boss’ performance, this bluesman who paints with a Folk-Rock palette produced my favorite show of the entire festival.  Bromberg emerged from the wing of the Paramount’s grand stage, while the stage hands set up for Willie Nile, stepped to the microphone, and began spewing a piece of poetry unassumingly to an audience who seemingly didn’t notice the bearded crooner as the calculated pluck of each strand on his acoustic six-string was so ethereal it barely resonated…until his beastly bellow on “Helpless Blues,” backed by Joe Grushecky & The House Rockers, quaked the music hall’s foundations, commanding an assemblage’s attention that had entered a trance-like state of submission after having witnessed The Boss’ acoustic rendition of “Incident On 57th Street” only moments before.  Backed by Peter Ecklund’s trumpet accompaniment, Bromberg and company bestowed upon us one of the most captivating sets of the entire festival.

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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