This Week at The Ark: David Bromberg (Wednesday); Smooth Hound Smith (Thursday)



Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 8:00pm
Tickets: $35
Classic folk and roots blues

A legend of the folk scene, David Bromberg got his start in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene in the mid-1960s. His extraordinary guitar picking and exceptional stylistic range developed over the next decade. David’s live shows, rarer since he took up violin-making full time, range from Texas swing to bluegrass, blues, classical music, and anything else that might cross his mind. In the words of the New York Times, he “has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with a tender, touching yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch. He is electrifying.” We might add that he picked up on the humor in country and classic blues as well as anyone else in the folk revival scene, making his shows a great deal of fun. David appears tonight with his band, with whom he recently recorded a new album, “The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues.”


Thursday, August 9, 2018, 8:00pm
Tickets: $15

“Really digging Smooth Hound Smith’s album. Check it out.”—Natalie Maines

Says No Depression: “In the case of Smooth Hound Smith, two is all that’s needed to brew a raucous clash of backwoods folk, raw blues, and underground rock.” Smooth Hound Smith is the foot-stompin’ American roots duo of one-man band Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Established in 2012, and currently based in East Nashville, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and a lot of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral—a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll music that harks back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints. They’ve shared the stage with artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The David Mayfield Parade, Matthew Perryman Jones, Charlie Parr, Possessed By Paul James, Shawn Mullins, and more. They’re coming to Michigan with music from their as-yet-untitled but much-awaited third album. Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin is special guest.


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