Friday night's lineup includes the award-winning Todd Wolfe Band performing with special guest John Ginty on the B-3 Hammond Organ, along with Gentlemen East. Wolfe was part of Sheryl Crow's band for many years, but has a distinct sound of his own that has gotten him national recognition. Ginty, a founding member of the Robert Randolph Family Band, is one of the most sought after keyboardists in the U.S., having played with the Allman Brothers, Santana, Govt. Mule, Bob Wier and Ratdog, Widespread Panic, and on a regular basis, the Dixie Chicks, among others. The newly formed Gentlemen East is comprised of former members of The Badlees and Breaking Benjamin, two bands with their own solid history.
Bromberg was 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’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing earned him jobs playing the Village “basket houses” for tips, the occasional paying gig, and 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.
Opening up for Bromberg will be the blues duo Mulebone. The Blues Bash also features pre-shows at Marleys Gotham Grill each day, and a post show party on Saturday night at Marleys.
Sponsors and supporters of Blue Bash 2015 are the Inn at Millrace Pond, Good Impressions Printing & Mailing, Karmabridge Acupuncture, Hackettstown Business Improvement District, Marley’s Gotham Grill, PNC Bank, Cathy Miller Photography, HTV Media Productions, WNTI, and CHP Communications.
The Inn at Millrace Pond, a quaint B&B in nearby Hope, NJ, is offering special Blues Bash room rates. Call 908-459-4884 for details!
Show Schedule and Ticket Pricing:
Friday March 20th
Todd Wolfe Band w/ John Ginty
Plus, Gentlemen East (with former members of The Badlees and Benjamins)
Advance (All Seats) - $25.00
Day of - $30.00
Premier Seating (Must call box office to purchase)
Saturday March 21st
David Bromberg Quintet
Opener - Mulebone
Orchestra - $45.00
Day of - $50.00
Balcony - $37.50
Day of - $42.50
Premier Seating (Must Call box office to purchase)
Blues Bash Flex Pass:
($65.00) 2-night admission ($5.00 discount off Adult Ticket Price). Cannot be used for Premier Seating.