Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass w/ Ben Traverse

Friday, Oct. 13 | 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)


The Acorn presents multi instrumentalist and songwriter Dave Bruzza, a founding member of Greensky Bluegrass.

About the Artists:

Dave Bruzza is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and founding member of Greensky Bluegrass. For 20 years he has toured the country with GSBG and has performed solo as well as with side projects such as Airborn or Aquatic? and his own band Unsafe at any Speed. Dave grew up in Michigan and had an interest in music since he was young. Taking up the drums at a very young age he was dedicated to playing and exploring all the possibilities of music. He developed a taste for bluegrass in his teenage years and was given a guitar from a friend to learn how to play. Soon after Greensky was born and his career has been constant since then.

He has contributed and performed on every release of Greensky Bluegrass, as well as every show and tour in the band's career. Dave helped found the psychedelic folk rock band Airborne or Aquatic? in the early 2000’s in Michigan with friends and peers Jake Robinson, Seth Bernard and Susan Fawcett and other artists from Earthwork Music. He has appeared on all their albums and has performed in most of the incarnations of the band through the years. He and friend Ian Gorman released a duo record “Harmony on the Fade” in 2012. This album was a great place for both musicians to demonstrate their multi instrumentalist talents and collaborate on a collection of original material.

Dave has also appeared as a guest on albums. Most recently on Seth Bernard’s “My Heart is My Home” on Earthwork Music.

In 2018 he formed Dave Bruzza Unsafe at any Speed for a short run of shows in the midwest. The response was so positive he has made this a regular project in Greensky's downtime.

Ben Traverse is a young balladeer with a very wide hat who commands a wide array of instruments in their mission to bring the finest traditional folk music into the 21st century. Proud Michigander and Earthwork Music Collective member, Traverse brings a forward thinking, communal enthusiasm to old and rich musical tradition.

On their journey, they've released two albums: a totally solo collection of old time American ballads and songs in the spirit of Pete Seeger and the early Folkways Recordings catalog and a collaborative album with Michael Dause (Moss Manor, Treeskin) of rollicking shanties and seafaring ballads. A third release celebrating the music of the Irish Diaspora is set to release November 3rd!

“Ben is the modern day Pete Seeger. They're a musical archeologist who writes songs that sound like they’re from a hundred years ago.” -The Accidentals

“As a musician, Traverse is rooted in the past, forward thinking, and fully present. Their foundation is solid and they cares deeply about music and people” -Seth Bernard

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Box Office opens at 4:00pm ET
Starts 8:00pm, doors open 7:00pm

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The Acorn brings great known performers and amazing new ones to southwest Michigan.  Located in the historic featherbone factory, The Acorn’s friendly staff and volunteers, and an acoustically rich sound system combine for memorable experiences. We’re located in Three Oaks, Michigan …  just over an hour from downtown Chicago and 30 minutes from South Bend, IN.

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