Storyteller Marc Berger comes to Sparta

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— The Sparta Summer Concert Series continues this Friday evening with a performance by singer/songwriter Marc Berger. Based in Ithaca, NY, Marc has travelled the country collecting stories to translate into song for his latest record called “Ride”.

Ride is Album of the Year – “Without a doubt, the greatest discovery for us in 2012; if not one of the best in our entire existence…makes the writers want to write and singers sing…you can play Ride, close your eyes and be transported to the colors of the desert, see the lonesome railroad or smell the fresh air of what is the greatest part of America…an instant American Classic.” | Nanobotrock Top Discoveries List

Marc’s life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and The Knitting Factory. All through this period, he’d find ways to get into the West, picking up details from fellow wilderness junkies about off the beaten path locales and filing them away for future reference. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of The Big It, a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. Marc and Co-Producer Mike Ricciardi now present Ride, ten cinematic recordings reflecting his romantic connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths to contemporary culture.

“the thing I’ve always found so intoxicating about being in that environment is the way it gives you the ability to hear yourself think and breathe” Berger said. “…freedom from authority and people telling you what to do. That’s what drew me to the place and compelled me to make this album, to try to communicate these things.”

Marc’s performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song The Last One was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.

Opening the show and returning to the series is local artist Dave Grieco. Dave is a Jersey born singer/songwriter who began playing guitar and writing songs after discovering the work of Bob Dylan during his freshman year of college. Dave describes his own brand of music as "lyric centric and gritty." His unique style of storytelling and world class lyricism continues to win over fans wherever he plays and his long awaited debut, "Cap Gun Outlaws" has been very well received. Songs from the record have been played by numerous stations across the country and in Europe. Give him a listen.

The concert begins at 7PM Friday night August 10th at The Nicholson Pavilion in Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Road, Sparta. It is a rain or shine event, moving into Mohawk Ave School auditorium if the weather demands. Please visit www.spartaarts.org for more information and updates.



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