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David Bromberg tracks will shine on San Juan

David Bromberg - Contributed photo
David Bromberg
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Rolling Stone Magazine has said David Bromberg’s “tracks shine like the A-list session man he’s always been.”

Bromberg, session guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and roots music icon, makes his first San Juan Island visit, presenting a concert with the band Ollabelle, Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at San Juan Community Theatre.

After learning guitar at age 13, Bromberg got his professional music start in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, where he watched and learned from some of the best performers, including his inspiration and teacher, the Reverend Gary Davis.  He later played on hundreds of records by artists such as Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Ringo Star and Carly Simon.  His first solo deal with Columbia Records in 1970 led to a songwriting collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison.

Today, Bromberg continues his musical journey, completing an ambitious new album “Use Me,” featuring his collaboration with such friends as Los Lobos, Vince Gill, Dr. John, Widespread Panic and John Hiatt.

Joining Bromberg as backup band, and also performing an opening set of their own is Ollabelle -- a band getting attention these days for their eclectic mix of jazz, folk and rock.

“Every time I hear something on the radio I truly love, it’s Ollabelle,” said singer Emmylou Harris.

The Business Partner for the evening is Kings Market.

In addition, a group of island underwriters donated funds to help pay for this special appearance.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $13 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH at the door. The SJCT box office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Tickets are also available on-line at

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