In the mid-1960s, Bromberg discontinued his college studies in order to immerse himself in the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene.
Having dropped out of Columbia University, he eventually found himself signed to Columbia Records, which released his eponymous debut in 1971. Throughout the decade, Bromberg would write, record and perform with artists such as Tom Rush, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, The Band, The Grateful Dead and fellow Greenwich Village denizen John Sebastian.
Having kept busy as a solo artist and in-demand multi-instrumentalist in the 1970s, Bromberg moved with his wife from California to Chicago in order to study violin making. His pursuit of this passion as a profession led to a more or less complete retirement from touring and recording.
2007’s “Try Me One More Time,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album, was his first release in 17 years. In 2002, he founded David Bromberg Fine Violins, which is located in Wilmington, Del.
Bromberg’s penchant for the blues led him to record 2016’s "The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues” which PopMatters calls “a master class in blues-oriented Americana."
“The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.”
– Jerry Jeff Walker on David Bromberg
The Mitguards will open for David Bromberg.
The Mitguards’ musical style, a hybrid of American roots music that includes folk, country and swing, makes their sound powerful and distinct. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the band consists of Chris Mitguard on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals and Deb Mitguard on mandolin, accordion and vocals. Their original songs, framed by unique musical arrangements, weave a mixture of humor and tragedy through the stories they tell.
Chris, a Colorado native, is the songwriter for the band and has been writing songs since he was a young boy in the 1960s. His songs create powerful, visual, almost cinematic images. His well-crafted story lines are full of twists, turns and irony. They create the perfect backdrop for his sad, beautiful, sometimes dangerous, and undeniably human characters.
Deb grew up north of Detroit and has been performing since she was a young girl. Through the years she fell in love with mandolin and accordion and has developed a unique and charming style of playing. She has a natural sense of composition and theme, which adds layers of texture to The Mitguards’ sound.
Says Bill Reed of the Colorado Springs Gazette, “In his (Chris’) songwriting, Mitguard resists the urge to turn roots music into a reach for some mythical, idyllic past, and goes for a more relevant and immediate impact." The Mitguards are constantly expanding and stretching their material and performance style. Their spirited banter and engaging humor on stage creates an endearing and intimate atmosphere.