New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
Suzie Brown, New Year's Eve Menu, DoubleTree New Year's Eve Group Rate
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Here’s the story of David Bromberg, or at least some of it . . .
Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, “as a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll and whatever else was on the radio,” says Bromberg. “I discovered Pete Seeger and The Weavers and, through them, Reverend Gary Davis. I then discovered Big Bill Broonzy, who led me to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. This was more or less the same time I discovered Flatt and Scruggs, which led to Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.”
Bromberg began studying guitar-playing when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. The call of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’60s drew David to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses, where he could watch and learn from the best performers, including primary sources such as his inspiration and teacher, the Reverend Gary Davis.
Bromberg’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing earned him jobs playing the Village “basket houses” for tips, the occasional paying gig, and lots of employment as a backing musician for Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rosalie Sorrels, among others. He became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan (New Morning, Self Portrait, Dylan), Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon.
An unexpected and wildly successful solo spot at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in Great Britain led to a solo deal with Columbia Records, for whom David recorded four albums. His eponymous 1971 debut not only included the mock-anguished “Suffer to Sing the Blues,” a Bromberg original that became an FM radio staple, but also “The Holdup,” a songwriting collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison, whom he met at his manager’s Thanksgiving dinner festivities. Harrison also played slide guitar on the track. Through Bromberg’s manager, Al Aronowitz, David also met the Grateful Dead and wound up with four of their members, including Jerry Garcia, playing on his next two albums.
Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, continually expanded with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band grew apace Despite jubilant, loose-limbed concerts and a string of acclaimed albums on the Fantasy label, Bromberg found himself exhausted by the logistics of the music business. “I decided to change the direction of my life,” he explains. So David dissolved his band in 1980, and he and his artist/musician wife, Nancy Josephson, moved from Northern California to Chicago, where David attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. Though he still toured periodically, the recordings slowed to a trickle and then stopped.
After “too many Chicago winters,” in 2002 David and Nancy were lured to Wilmington, Del., where they became part of the city’s artist-in-residence program. With the release of Try Me One More Time, his 2007 solo return to the studio, David continued his musical revitalization, playing shows on his own, backed by (and supporting) Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet, and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band, the configuration depending on the circumstance. His most recent release is 2011’s Use Me.
While contemplating your goal of being a music star, it's smart to have something to fall back on. For singer-songwriter Suzie Brown, that meant getting her MD at Harvard, a Master of Science in Translational Research from the University of Pennsylvania, then practicing cardiology. That's right, Brown—whose first full-length, Heartstrings, drops May 24—is no slacker. And it's with that same resolve that she decided one day to defer her dream no longer. There’s no disputing that Brown works hard, but her material isn’t exactly a tough sell. The string-soaked "Heartstrings" is an ode to unrequited love that's a throwback to the work of Patsy Cline. The bluesy "What You Do to Me" is an end-of-the-night jukebox crooner. The jaunty "I'll Be Gone" sounds like a hand-clapping anthem out of KT Tunstall's catalog.
A chance encounter with Philly folk-jazz singer Amos Lee at the Newport Folk Festival would prove most fortuitous. In addition to being a source of moral support, Lee would introduce her to his producer, Barrie Maguire, who went on to helm Heartstrings. Her burgeoning career moved at a rapid pace. By early 2009, she sold out her first solo show at the Tin Angel. Before long, she was opening for Lyle Lovett at the local concert hall. In two years, she’s gone from composing her first song to releasing her first full-length album. Says Brown, "I can't believe this is my life."
New Year's Eve Menu
New Year's Eve Menu
$11 Cajun rubbed Ahi, seared rare, served with tempura battered beefsteak tomato, gooseberry gastrique, and sugar roasted fennel.
$11 Beef tenderloin Carpaccio – Thinly sliced beef tenderloin served with hard-boiled egg, capers, minced red onion, roasted red peppers, bacon, blue cheese aioli, and arugula with parmesan toast points.
$8 Stuffed meatballs – chorizo & angus meatballs stuffed with fresh mozzarella served over spinach with a romesco sauce.
$8 Crab Biscuits – baked swiss and onion crab dip on butter biscuits with a citrus aioli.
$11 Garlic Hummus – Served with crispy flatbreads, kalamata olives, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, baby carrots, cucumber, & grilled pita.
$9 Butternut Squash Salad – Arugula, cinnamon roasted butternut squash, rosemary honey glazed apples, craisens, sugar roasted fennel, and sun flower seeds with a creamy pumpkin dressing.
$9 Caesar Salad – Crisp romaine, sun-dried tomatoes, brioche croutons, & grated parmesan, with a creamy Caesar dressing.
$12 WCL Burger – Grilled augus beef with bourbon bacon, applewood smoked cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, & red onion on a croissant bun.
$11 Falafel Sandwich – Fried ground chick peas with feta cheese, shredded cucumbers, and garlic hummus on naan bread.
$14 Korean Tofu – Sesame chili glazed crispy tofu over spicy pickled cabbage and purple short grain rice.
*Broiled Lobster tails – Two 6oz northern Australian lobster tails broiled and served with browned butter, whipped scallion mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus. Market price
$21 Grilled beef tenderloin – Served with red wine demi-glace, mashed sweet potatoes & pancetta roasted baby Brussels sprouts
$16 Duck Confit – Slow cooked maple glazed duck thigh served with a butternut squash risotto cake & roasted cauliflower puree.
$22 Chilean Sea Bass - Pan-roasted and served with a cannellini bean ragout infused with sherry & lobster stock.
DoubleTree New Year's Eve Group Rate
Traveling from a distance and want to spend the night? Great! We’ve arranged a special group rate right down the street at the DoubleTree in Downtown Wilmington (700 N. King Street) for the night of December 31st! Just mention the group code “WNY” when making your reservation to receive our special group rate. Act fast because the special rate is only available until December 26th or until the block is sold out! More info on reservations here: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington
$35.00 - $50.00
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