Check It Out: Dec. 4 – Dec. 10

David Bromberg: An Eclectic Traditionalist Returns

David Bromberg Band – Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed Recordings)


Nowadays known for being a world-renowned luthier and violin maker, multi-talented instrumentalist David Bromberg reappeared back in 2007 with Try Me One More Time, an all-acoustic solo set of blues and folk songs. While the album earned a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy nomination, it apparently helped spark Bromberg’s return from a nearly two-decade long self-imposed hiatus from playing and recording that found him running an instrument repair shop in Wilmington, Del.

While it would take until 2011 for Bromberg to record a studio album follow-up (Use Me), the Tarrytown, N.Y. native had a good enough time with producer Larry Campbell that he enlisted him to once again helm another batch of songs that resulted in this 2013 project. Bromberg has once again cast his net fairly wide and pulled in a delightful mix of mostly covers and a trio of originals that cover a fairly broad stylistic map of American roots music. Among the album’s many highlights are the late night saloon song “I’ll Take You Back,” penned by Rick Estrin of Little Charlie and the Nightcats, that’s punched up by saucy horn charts and some biting blues riffs.

Elsewhere, Bromberg does a fine job tucking into Floyd Cramer’s country music gem “Last Date,” the Stanley Brothers’ equally twangy “The Fields Have Turned Brown” (featuring a nice turn on banjo by John McEuen and some sumptuous harmonies) and a trio of traditional old-timey tunes that finds Bromberg switching off between fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar (“Cattle in the Cane/Forked Deer/Monroe’s Hornpipe”).

Most impressive is how he takes a page out of Richard Thompson’s book by recording what is seemingly an Olde English drinking song that’s a mostly self-penned medley of songs with the last part being a traditional song with a modern arrangement: “The Strongest Man Alive/Maydelle’s Reel/Jenny’s Chickens.” Starting as a sonorous vocal arrangement featuring Bromberg, it is framed by the harmonies of John Roberts and Tony Barrand that eases into some fleet-fingered bluegrass picking and an Irish folk instrumental that he self-describes as sounding like “Braveheart and his army coming down a hill into battle.” It all winds up being an extremely enjoyable listening excursion that’s far from being a maddening experience.

(The David Bromberg Quintet will be appearing on Dec. 5 at The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. For more information, please call 800-745-3000 or visit

December 4

Yo La Tengo
@ Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York City
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $42.50, $32.50.
For More Information Call 212-307-4100 or visit

Hoboken’s favorite indie rock trio cribbed the Spanish phrase for “I got it” from a baseball anecdote that involved former New York Mets outfielder Richie Ashburn shouting that at non-English speaking shortstop Elio Chacon whenever a fly ball fell between the two during play. With the trio’s most current studio album being last year’s Fade, expect to hear a good amount off this outing. For those feeling nostalgic for Maxwell’s, get there early for opening act The Feelies who’ll make this feel like a real Hoboken reunion.

Joe Walsh
@ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. in Huntington
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $145.25, $118.75, $108.75, $71.75, $65.25.
For more information, call 631-673-7300 or visit

One of rock ‘n roll’s more enigmatic characters, Joe Walsh has not only found success as a member of the James Gang and The Eagles, but carved out a respectable solo career for himself. While the past two decades have found him touring with the aforementioned groups (and occasionally as part of brother-in-law Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band), solo studio work has been MIA. That all changed with the release of 2012’s Analog Man, Walsh’s eleventh studio album that was also co-produced by Jeff Lynne.

Irish Tenors
@ NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $62.50.
For more information, call 877-598-8497 or visit

Founded in the wake of the late ‘90s success of the Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo), The Irish Tenors (Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan), have carved out a niche that’s earned the threesome a loyal following. Eight albums in, Wright, Kearns and Tynan have settled into a touring routine where they hit the road twice a year, around St. Patrick’s Day and the holidays. Expect to hear plenty of fare off the group’s 2009 outing, Christmas.

The 1975
@ Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., New York City
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30 adv. $35 DOS.
For more information, call 212-582-6600 or visit

Straight out of Manchester, England, The 1975 has developed a unique sound that combines an unusual array of influences that includes Michael Jackson, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, The Rolling Stones and Sigur Ros. Having already made waves with a trio of EPs (Facedown, Sex and Music for Cars), The 1975 followed up with a 2013 self-titled debut that earned raves for songs that lie at a crossroads of ‘80s synths and brawny, alt-rock guitars. With CRUISR and Young Rising Sons. (Also appearing on Dec. 8 at The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington 631-673-7300,

December 6

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
@ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $115, $95, $75.
For more information, call 631-288-1500 or visit

These darlings of the downtown scene with a moniker more suited for a law-firm will be getting plenty of booties shaking and heads a bobbin’ joined by John Scofield, a frequent collaborator and esteemed jazz guitarist in his right. The foursome have once again come together to recently release Juice, a 10-song collection that includes Latin rhythms and bouncy improvisation that manages to mix originals with covers of The Doors, Cream and Bob Dylan. (Also appearing on Dec. 11 at Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St. NYC. 212-582-6600

December 7

Celtic Thunder
@ NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $84.25, $62.50, $52.
For more information, call 877-598-8497 or visit

St. Patrick’s Day may be a few months off, but Celtic Thunder brings the spirit of the Emerald Isle on the road via five male soloists backed by the Celtic Concert Orchestra.

December 9

James Blood Ulmer & Marc Ribot
@ The City Winery, 155 Varick St., New York City
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $28, $25, $22, $20, $115.
For more information call 212-608-0555 or visit

Unconventional is the perfect way to describe the way James Blood Ulmer approaches playing the guitar. You can attribute a lot of that to the fact that the South Carolina natives spent a good amount of time playing with free jazz icon Ornette Coleman and getting thoroughly schooled in the latter’s theory of harmolodics. In the recent years, that’s meant the 70-year-old fret master has approached the blues, (with help from like-minded younger acolyte Vernon Reid producing), and turned the genre on its head through a series of albums: Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, No Escape From the Blues and Birthright. Joining in the fun for this particular gig will be fellow guitar-playing iconoclast Marc Ribot, whose found his talents have been tapped by a boatload of artists including Elvis Costello, John Zorn, The Black Keys, Elton John and The Lounge Lizards.

December 10

Adrian Belew
@ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45, $40.
For more information, call 631-969-1101 or visit

A guitarist’s guitarist, Adrian Belew has somehow managed to combine his nose for compositional experimentation that’s found him being a mainstay of King Crimson with a love of Beatlesque pop that’s yielded the occasional leftfield hit like “Oh Daddy,” Belew’s 1989 duet with his then-11-year-old daughter Audie. Over time, the eclectic fretmaster has found his talents being employed by a diverse array of artists including David Bowie, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Porcupine Tree, Cyndi Lauper and William Shatner to name a few.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
@ Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., New York City
Doors Open 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 adv. $40 DOS.
For more information, call 212-582-6600 or visit

As the grandson of legendary Louisiana songwriter Jesse Hill, (author of Crescent City classic “Ooh Poo Pah Doo”), the New Orleans roots for Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) run deep. The trombonist has not only gained fame as a much in-demand session cat (Rod Stewart, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jeff Beck, Harry Connick, Jr.), but wound up with his own string of solo outings. Currently working with his own outfit called Orleans Avenue, Shorty has been playing a mix of funk, hip-hop and and pop that’s most recently been produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman. So far this union has resulted in albums like Backatown, For True and the most recent, last year’s Say That to Say This. With The Soul Rebels.

Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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