Marc Berger’s Duo Mix Deep Folksongs With Spicy Cajun – Pasadena Weekendr

The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena presents The Marc Berger Duo on Sunday February 2 from 7 p.m.

With his recent album, Ride, Marc Berger brings a well-choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a bit of spicy Cajun and even a bit of indie, with a lead acoustic guitar full of effects.

Berger’s life has been about pursuing two passions: creating and recording his American roots songs and exploring remote parts of the desert and western mountains. After signing his first publishing deal while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly at New York clubs like CBGB, Wetlands and The Knitting Factory. Throughout this time, he would find ways to get into the West, collecting details from other wilderness junkies about off-the-beaten-track locations and filing them for future reference.

On one such trip, he was intrigued by the cover of “The Big IT”, a short story book by A. B. Guthrie which he found on a pocket holder at a Navajo reservation trading post. This led him to think 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.

Ride, which Berger co-produced with Mike Ricciardi, features 10 cinematic recordings reflecting Berger’s romantic connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths for contemporary culture.

Berger has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals. He opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national artists.

Tickets for the Sunday concert are $20.

For more information, call (626) 798-6236 or visit

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is located at 2029 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena.

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