The musical pedigree of David Bromberg is unassailable. His label, Red House Records, points out that the American music icon known as Dr. John has called Bromberg an American music icon. He’s one of the progenitors of the Americana genre of music, as the musicians he’s worked with – Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles and many more – can attest.
Bromberg is a regular visitor to Higher Ground in South Burlington, and Sunday’s concert with his quintet will show off songs from his latest and 18th album, “The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues,” which comes out Friday. Another of those Americana acolytes, Levon Helm crony Larry Campbell, produced the album, which features Bromberg’s take on songs by Robert Johnson, Ray Charles and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others.
“The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues” mixes acoustic and electric sounds, as should Sunday’s show. The fans in attendance will have the chance to sit on the edge of their seats, as Bromberg’s concert is the rare seated show in Higher Ground’s Ballroom.
8 p.m. Sunday, David Bromberg Quintet, Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington. $27 in advance, $30 day of show. 652-0777, www.highergroundmusic.com.
The world music of the Guy Mendilow Ensemble will be
The world music of the Guy Mendilow Ensemble will be heard Saturday at the University of Vermont. (Photo: COURTESY GRETJEN HELENE)
Other sounds to lend your ears to this week:
7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings 15th-century European music to Burlington with its program “Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” as part of the University of Vermont Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall. $10-$30. 656-4455, www.uvm.edu/laneseries.
The folk duo Shovels & Rope hits Higher Ground tonight.
The folk duo Shovels & Rope hits Higher Ground tonight. (Photo: COURTESY LESLIE RYAN McKELLAR)
8 tonight, the hard-charging folk duo Shovels & Rope performs with opener Matthew Logan Vasquez of the band Delta Spirit, Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington. $23. 652-0777, www.highergroundmusic.com.
8 p.m. Saturday, things get soulful with the R&B trio King, who follow opening act Nick Hakim, Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington. $14 in advance, $16 day of show. 652-0777, www.highergroundmusic.com.
The R&B trio King visits Higher Ground on Saturday.